Chinese beat out Germans in survey ranking world’s top holiday spenders


STUTTGART — The Chinese have overtaken the Germans as travel kings, as least as far as the amount of money they spend while on holiday is concerned.

“China heads the top of the hit parade of tourist who spent the most money while on vacation,” said tourist expert Martin Lohmann.

Tourists from China spent a total of around US$91 billion during trips abroad last year, said Lohmann. His statement was based on initial figures from the World Tourism Organization.

The figure includes both private holidays, short breaks and business trips. German travelers spend around US$88 billion while visiting abroad, Lohmann estimates.