US eager to cater to Chinese tourists

Chinese currency 100 yuan (or Renminbi) notes on a bank counter. (China Photos, Getty Images)
Chinese currency 100 yuan (or Renminbi) notes on a bank counter. (China Photos, Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/26 12:33 pm

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Tourism from China to the U.S. has soared since the countries signed an agreement in 2007 promoting travel.

More than 1.8 million Chinese visited last year, a three-fold increase in five years. By 2018, the number of Chinese visitors is expected to surpass 4 million, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

California is the No. 1 destination. Popular tourist destinations have translated maps and brochures to Mandarin to cater to the tourists, and some hotels are serving congee, or rice porridge, for breakfast and providing in-room tea service.

There's good reason to make the Chinese feel at home: They each spend an average of $5,400 during their travels, 21 percent more than the average for all overseas tourists.

 

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