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Beijing to Overtake Paris as World’s Largest City Destination

Beijing is set to become the largest travel and tourism city destination on the planet within the next 10 years – overtaking Paris, in the process – according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

The forecast – on the back of research carried out in conjunction with Oxford Economics – is based on employment, traveller spend and contribution to GDP, as well as other key indicators.

WTTC president and chief executive, Julia Simpson

Julia Simpson, WTTC President and CEO, said: “China has long been a world-favourite holiday destination and after more than two years of disruption, it’s great to see tourists heading back. Tourists provide a massive boost to both the economy and job creation.

“It is crucial that the national and local governments continue to recognise the importance of Travel & Tourism for the local and national economies, jobs and businesses.”

While now reopen, China was one of the very last to drop its Covid travel restrictions – something which dented the local economies of main cities like Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

Geoff Percival
Geoff Percival
Geoff has worked in business, news, consumer and travel journalism for more than 25 years; having worked for and contributed to the likes of The Irish Examiner, Business & Finance, Business Plus, The Sunday Times, The Irish News, Senior Times, and The Sunday Tribune.

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