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Tourism contributes more than 10% to China’s GDP in 2015

Updated: Jan 5,2016 11:00 AM

Tourists view the scenery of Yueya Spring (Crescent Spring) and the adjacent Mingsha Mountain Dunes (Singing-Sand Dunes) in Dunhuang city, Northwest China’s Gansu province, on Oct 1, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Worth 4 trillion yuan ($613.6 billion) in 2015, China’s tourism industry contributed more than 10 percent to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), surpassing the contribution rate of sectors such as education, banking and the automobile industry, the World Travel and Tourism Council estimated.

Data from the China National Tourism Administration also showed that China’s domestic travel logged more than 4 billion visits, while outbound tourist visits reached 120 million last year, and employment in the sector accounted for 10.2 percent of the country’s total employment.

Domestic travels, outbound tourist visits, domestic tourism consumption and outbound tourism consumption all ranked at the top in the world.

Tourists visit the famous Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang city, Northwest China’s Gansu province, on Oct 21, 2015.[Photo/Xinhua]

A view of the Eaglepool in East China’s Jiangxi province, June 13, 2015.[Photo/Xinhua]

Visitors watch as Huangguoshu Waterfall cascades down the mountainside in Guizhou province on Aug 10, 2015. The fall, one of the largest in China, provides a stunning spectacle for visitors. [Photo/Xinhua]

Tourists visit Lijiang river in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, Oct 3, 2015.[Photo/Xinhua]

Tourists watch the shows at a cultural festival in Hexigten Banner in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region on Dec 28, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Tourists travel to Sanya city, South China’s Hainan province, Oct 4, 2015.[Photo/Xinhua]