The number of nights spent in the EU by tourists from China more than tripled over the last ten years, to reach nearly 25 million nights in 2016, according to figures released by Eurostat.
Growth of tourism from China has risen more than that from other major economies such as the USA, Russia or Brazil. Tourists from China account for almost 6 per cent of the total number of nights spent in the EU by non-EU nationals.
Tourists from China mainly stay in the United Kingdom (31 per cent), Italy (18 per cent), France (13 per cent) and Germany (10 per cent).
When it comes to EU residents travelling to China, 4 per cent of all trips made by EU residents to countries outside the EU were to China in 2016.
2.1 million trips were made to China by EU tourists, amounting to 32.5 million nights, with EU tourists spending around €5.1 billion on those trips.
Tourism to China is equivalent to 5 per cent of all EU nights EU tourists spend outside of the EU. Within the Asian market, China is the third most popular destination for EU tourists (13.7 per cent) behind Thailand (14.3 per cent) and the United Arab Emirates (13.9 per cent).
Apart from China, other countries among top ten world destinations for EU tourists include the United States (19 per cent), Turkey (13 per cent), Switzerland (12 per cent), Norway (7 per cent), Russia (5 per cent), Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco (all 4 per cent).