About 61.9 million Chinese traveled overseas in the first half (H1) of this year, up 13% from the same period last year.
This growth rate is higher than inbound tourists to China. Some 65.1 million tourists visited China in H1, up 4.5% year on year, according to China National Tourism Administration on Saturday.
Investment in tourism has been climbing. About 301.8 billion yuan (US$49.48 billion) of investment had been realized in H1, up 28% year-on-year.
Domestic travelers set a new record in consumption at the end of June, posting an increase of 14.5% year on year and spending 1.65 trillion yuan (US$265.6 billion).
China saw 2.02 billion domestic travels in the January-June period, up 9.9% year-on-year.