In 2017, Chinese citizens made about 130 million overseas trips and 4.53 billion domestic trips. Among them, about 3 million Chinese visited United States, which is about 4% of the total international visitors visited US in 2017, and the number is forecasted to be increasing. The average spending by Chinese tourists on the location (exclude international flight tickets) in the US is $4,462. In addition, in the academic year 2016/17, there were 350,755 international students from China studying in the US. What does this mean to business in the United States? Why would the Chinese tourists and students come to the US? What has changed in them compared to 10 years ago? Why we believe Chinese international students are a win-win to the tourism industry in the US? Please join me to discuss these questions with Felicity Wang, President of the Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and owner of a tour and travel company in the US.
About the Guest
Felicity Wang is the president of the Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce (https://www.seattlechinesechamber.org/) , and the founder of a tour and travel company, Asia Pacific Associates. She grew up in Taiwan, immigrated to the United States in 1991, and started Asia Pacific Associates in 1993. With 25 years’ experience in the travel industry, Felicity has built deep expertise in leisure and business outbound and inbound tours between US and Asia, especially China mainland and Taiwan. She has also developed programs focusing on education, to help Chinese students come to the US for summer camps and gain higher education.