Forget the sites — Chinese tourists visiting the greater Big Apple area last year came for the price. The most frequent New York stop in 2014 for travelers from China was the upstate Woodbury Common mall, according to Brian Buchwald, CEO of Bomoda, a consumer intelligence company.
Since shopping is the main draw for many foreign visitors, who tend to load up on goods that cost more or are unavailable in their home countries, travelers from China have been flocking to the Central Valley outlet mall in Orange County, to get their hands on luxury brands such as Coach, Michael Kors and Tiffany & Co., as well as “touy” the department stores Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.
Since 2010, the number of Chinese visitors has increased 250 percent and it’s expected to grow another 15 percent this year, to 932,000.
“Only 6 percent of Chinese citizens have passports,” said Buchwald. “That number will only grow . . . and further impact our economy.”