China to Pass France as Most-Visited County by 2030
China will pass France as the world's most-visited country by 2030, say experts at Euromonitor International, a market research group.
In a new report, Euromonitor predicted there will be 1.4 billion trips made in 2018. That would be a 5 percent increase from last year.
Much of the increase in travel and tourism is centered in the Asia-Pacific area. The number of trips there is expected to grow by 10 percent this year.
The area has been helped by fast-growing economies and an expanding middle class.
Wouter Geerts is a travel expert with Euromonitor. He said the increasingly less restrictive passport rules have made traveling in Asia easier.
He also said major sporting events will likely increase travel to and within the Asia-Pacific area even more. Tokyo is hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics. Beijing is hosting the 2022 winter games.
By 2030, China is expected to be the world's number one destination.
Geerts said, "Tourism has been a key pillar of the Chinese economy, and much investment has been made to improve infrastructure and standards, in addition to tourism-friendly policies."
Other places that are expected to see an increase in tourism are Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey, Euromonitor notes. Security concerns led to a sharp drop in visitor numbers in all three countries in recent years.
Egypt's tourism industry seems to be improving especially. Civil conflict in the country in 2011 and the downing of a Russian passenger plane over the Sinai area in 2015 had hurt the market.
But Egypt's travel bookings have risen 134 percent in the last year.
However, the industry has not risen to where it was in 2010. Egyptian government records show 8 million tourists visited the country last year. Almost two times that many - 14 million people - visited Egypt in 2010.
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2.travel bookings 旅行预订
Year-over-year increase in domestic gross travel bookings of approximately 20%.
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6.Geerts said, "Tourism has been a key pillar of the Chinese economy, and much investment has been made to improve infrastructure and standards, in addition to tourism-friendly policies.
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市场研究机构欧睿国际（Euromonitor International）的专家们表示，到2030年，中国将超过法国，成为全球接待游客最多的国家 。
欧睿国际咨询公司(Euromonitor)在一份新报告中预测，2018年旅游人次将达到14亿人次 。比去年增加5% 。
旅游业的增长主要集中在亚太地区 。预计今年赴亚太地区旅游的人数将增长10% 。
沃特·吉尔特斯（Wouter Geerts）是欧睿国际旅游分析专家 。他说，亚太地区逐步放宽签证限制，让入境游更加便捷 。
他还表示，重大体育赛事可能会进一步推高地区内以及亚太地区的旅游人数 。东京将举办2020年的夏季奥运会，而北京将举办2020年冬奥会 。
欧睿国际指出，预计埃及、突尼斯和土耳其的旅游业也将出现增长 。近年来，对于安全的担忧导致赴这三个国家的游客人数暴跌 。
埃及的旅游业似乎正在“回暖” 。该国2011年发生的骚乱以及2015年一架俄罗斯客机在西奈半岛上空被击落，这些事件都损害了旅游业市场 。
然而，该国的旅游行业还未恢复至2010年的水平 。埃及政府记录显示，去年有800万游客到访 。而2010年访问埃及的游客数量几乎是这个数字的两倍——1400万人 。