Starting from March 31, 2013, China International Airlines increased the number of flights between Beijing and New York from 7 to 11 per week. The new flight number is CA989990. In addition all aircrafts in this route have been upgraded to Boeing 777-300ER.
In 2012, China became the sixth largest travel consumer market to the US. Chinese tourists’ spending in the United States reached a record high $ 9.2 billion, an increase of 19%.
The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries U.S. under the Department of Commerce, recently announced the “2012 International tourist spending report” which showed that last year the international tourists spending in travel-related goods and services reached another a new high of $ 168.1 billion, an increase of 10%.
In 2012, China became the sixth largest travel consumer market to the US. Chinese tourists spending in the United States reached a record high $ 9.2 billion, an increase of 19 percent, which was no.1 among the U.S. top ten fastest growing tourism market in the country. In 2008, China was not even among the U.S. top ten tourism market. And now, after three consecutive years of strong growth (47%, 47%, 19%), China with 9.2 billion dollars spending chaired the sixth position. Tourism services have accounted for a third of U.S. service exports to China (31%).
The visa facilitation policies signed by President Obama and implemented in February last year greatly simplifies the visa procedures for Chinese people to to go the United States. The new policies offer additional 40% of the Chinese tourist visa issuance and open extra 100,000 new visa interview opportunities annually, which made the number of Chinese visitors to the United States continue to grow, contributing to the development of tourism and global economic recovery.