Sure, visiting places like Europe, going an African safari, or hitting the beaches of Tahiti are still on travelers’ bucket lists, but it appears that China may overtake them all as the destination of choice by 2030, according to Euromonitor International.
On Tuesday, the market research group announced that trips to China have grown five percent since last year, with 1.4 billion trips in 2018 so far, the Washington Post reported. The group expects the country will average around $2.6 trillion in travel industry receipts in the next 12 years.
China’s success in recent years, The Guardian explained, is due to a few factors. The country is more accessible than ever before, especially for visitors coming from other Asian countries, where it’s easy to request travel visas. And, visitors from those surrounding countries are also enjoying their own economic growth, making luxury travel more accessible than ever. In total, the report noted, 80 percent of arrivals in Asia are originating from within the region.
Additionally, the report credits the increasing number of budget airlines as making airfare more affordable and travel more accessible to all.
And, it doesn’t hurt that Beijing is set to be the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics, which will undoubtedly draw massive crowds.
“Tourism is a key pillar of the Chinese economy, and much investment has been made to improve infrastructure and standards, in addition to tourism-friendly policies and initiatives,” Wouter Geerts, Euromonitor’s senior travel analyst, said during the conference.
But, China isn’t alone in experiencing a tourism boom. Egypt, Tunisia, and Turkey are all experiencing an increase in tourism, according to the report. Egypt alone experience a 134 percent increase in bookings in 2017-18.
According to Malay Mail, by 2030, the top five travel destinations will also include the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, and France. So maybe, now’s the time to visit before all the other travelers get there first.