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US woos tourists from China

A NON-PROFIT organization was established in Shanghai yesterday to woo more Chinese tourists to visit the United States.

The Visit USA Committee China will promote US tourism on behalf of member travel agencies, and provide prospective Chinese customers with information about visas and travel within the United States. More than 40 such organizations have now been established around the world.

Eric Wolff of the US consulate in Shanghai said the number of Chinese visitors to the US had been on the rise, and the trend was likely to continue. Statistics from the US Department of Commerce show that 1.47 million Chinese tourists visited the United States in 2012. The number is expected to reach 1.7 million this year. Each Chinese tourist spends an average of more than US$6,000 dollars during the trip.

The NGO will provide services like destinations, airlines, theme parks, tourist attractions, hotels, cruises, car hire and insurance.



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