The approximately 2.2 million Chinese travelers who visited the United States last year spent more than $23 billion, making China the second-biggest source of foreign-tourist spending within the US, a new report says.
Nine out of 10 Chinese tourists in the US shopped in the country, spending an average of $10,800.
The US National Travel and Tourism Office released the 2014 International Visitation to the United States Report on Monday. The report said 74.8 million tourists visited the US and spent a combined $220.6 billion to get to the country and on purchases there.
Canada was No 1 in both the number of visitors as well as purchases. However, Canadian tourists, more than 10 times the number of Chinese tourists, spent only $3.4 billion more than the Chinese.
Chinese tourists lead the world in the number of international tourists and money spent abroad. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, China now has the largest outbound-tourism market, and the Chinese are the biggest spenders among global tourists.
The number of Chinese outbound tourists was a staggering 116 million last year, an increase of 17.8 percent over the previous year, the China Tourism Academy said.
Last year, Chinese tourists spent $140 billion, up 18 percent from 2013, according to the academy.