By  on April 5, 2013

BEIJING — Chinese tourists going abroad have surpassed Germans and Americans as the world’s top international travel spenders, according to a new report from the U.N. World Tourism Organization.

The organization said this week that China is now leading the world and spearheading a growth trend in international tourism from emerging countries. Chinese tourists spent $102 billion on travel abroad in 2012, placing the country’s travelers first in the world in terms of overall overseas tourism spending. The volume of international trips taken by Chinese tourists has grown exponentially in the past 12 years, from 10 million trips abroad in 2000 jumping up to 83 million trips last year. The growth in 2012 marked a 43 percent surge in overseas travel from just one year earlier, the UNWTO said.

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