Chinese tourists a major target for New York museums

New York city museums are gearing up to look after the interests of more than one million Chinese tourists who will be visiting the city each year from 2018.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in New York Image by Arturo Donate / CC BY 2.0

And in a reverse move, China is focusing in on the city in a bid to get New Yorkers to visit their own county.

The more relaxed visa rules by the US mean that tourists from the far eastern country have become a major target, given that the average Chinese tourist spends over $7,000 during a visit.

Last year alone, over 200,000 Chinese tourists visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), and the numbers will almost certainly increase this year. The museum is among those who host exhibits that appeal to China’s growing fascination with Western art. The Asian country is the second-largest behind Mexico in terms of non-immigrant visas, most of which are visitor visas to tourists, reports CCTV America.

At the other end of the scale, Chinese officials are appealing to New Yorkers to visit Beijing saying that one long-haul flight will be worthwhile if they make the effort.

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