[ti:Fewer Chinese Traveling to United States] [by:www.knnrug.live] [00:00.00]更多聽力請訪問51VOA.COM [00:01.20]The United States tourism industry is facing a problem: [00:06.44]A drop in the number of Chinese visiting U.S. cities and states. [00:13.24]Close to 3 million Chinese traveled to the country last year. [00:18.08]They spent quite a lot of money. [00:21.72]The U.S. Travel Association estimates they spent an average of $6,700 per person per trip. [00:33.04]That amount is more than 50 percent higher [00:37.04]than the average spending of international tourists, the group said. [00:43.40]But the number of visitors from China [00:46.20]dropped nearly 4 percent in the first six months of this year. [00:52.00]This follows a nearly 6% drop in 2018. [00:58.44]Tourism industry experts say there could be several reasons for the smaller number of visitors. [01:07.01]Theresa Belpulsi is with Destination DC, the tourism marketing office for Washington, DC. [01:18.28]She thinks one of the reasons is trade tensions between the two countries. [01:25.28]"With the trade war, with some of the travel warnings, with some of our visa challenges [01:31.08]that we've had, we've seen a little bit of a dip in Chinese visitors," she said. [01:38.48]"The U.S. is just losing market share," notes Adam Sacks, [01:44.10]president of advisory service Tourism Economics. [01:48.96]"Something's made the U.S. uncompetitive, and I would target the trade war as one of the reasons." [01:57.52]Larry Yu is a professor of hospitality management at George Washington University. [02:05.94]He says that people are slow to forget the idea that a country has an unwelcoming environment. [02:15.48]"The trade war creates a kind of environment in China that makes people think twice," Yu said. [02:24.15]"Even though we know that Chinese demand is high, [02:28.88]the current environment makes people substitute the U.S. for another place." [02:36.72]China's government has published two warnings for Chinese interested in visiting the United States: [02:44.80]One was about gun violence; the other, about harassment by U.S. law enforcement. [02:52.96]In a related issue, visa approvals for Chinese visitors have become more difficult. [03:00.57]The U.S. rejection rate of Chinese tourist visa applications reached 17 percent [03:08.60]in the 12 months from October 2017 to September of 2018. [03:15.28]Five years earlier, the rate was a much lower 8.5 percent. [03:22.32]U.S. tourism competitors are also taking steps to attract Chinese travelers. [03:28.97]The European Travel Commission has joined with Chinese representatives at travel shows [03:36.01]and partnered with Chinese media personalities to share videos and social media posts. [03:43.80]The commission notes that Europe welcomed 14 million Chinese tourists last year. [03:51.40]Adam Sacks of Tourism Economics says he hopes that local travel marketing agencies [03:59.78]across the country can help raise the number of Chinese tourists. [04:05.84]The District of Columbia, for one, has increased its advertising and programs for China. [04:14.35]Destination DC's latest plan is to offer hotel discounts for the Lunar New Year in 2020. [04:24.76]The plan includes a number of events and performances aimed at Chinese tourists. [04:33.96]San Francisco has used social media to reach out to Chinese tourists. [04:41.44]The city created ads that drove some 12 million people to a contest [04:48.05]showcasing the city's famous landmarks. [04:52.80]The San Francisco Travel Association says the city used two popular Chinese apps, [05:00.40]WeChat and Weibo, for the campaign. [05:04.81]At the same time, tourism marketing agencies for U.S. cities and states [05:11.72]are trying to reach countries other than China. [05:16.60]Utah and Los Angeles, among others, are trying to expand their presence in nations like India. [05:25.76]"There's a great deal of interest," said Jamie Foley of the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board. [05:34.32]"But that comes with the understanding that India is very different from China." [05:41.48]Even with the drop in Chinese tourists, some experts note [05:46.28]how important China will be to the U.S. tourism industry for years to come. [05:54.28]"The trade war's an important subject, but it's seen as a temporary setback," [06:00.61]said Sage Brennan, co-founder of the company China Luxury Advisors. [06:08.68]"Over the next 20 to 30 years, China is going to continue to impact and shape the tourism market." [06:18.54]I'm Alice Bryant. [06:20.72]And I'm John Russell. 更多聽力請訪問51VOA.COM 11运夺金走势图遗漏