ORLANDO, Fla. -- Despite the financial crisis in Asia, China
welcomed more than 30.1 million visitors during the first half of
1998, an increase of 13.2% compared with the same period of 1997,
officials with the Chinese National Tourism Office said during the
American Travel Market here.
So far in 1998, 325,000 Americans visited China, an increase of
7.15% compared to the 1997 period.
In 1999, Chinese promotions will focus on ecology-oriented
attractions and Macau. Portugal will relinquish control of the
island in December 1999.
In another promotion, Chinese tourism officials and Northwest
Airlines will stage a Chinese Folklore Festival at the Mall of
America, near Minneapolis, from Oct. 2 to 11.
The aim is to bolster Midwest business; China gets the bulk of
its U.S. tourists from both coasts.
Northwest will be introducing a China fare sale during the
promotion, officials said.