Tourists devote a quarter of budget to shopping

Retail shopping continues to be the largest expense for tourists from China, according to a survey from Nielsen and Alipay, accounting for almost a quarter of total spend.

The 2018 trends of Chinese mobile payment in outbound tourism survey revealed that retail spending took up 24.6 per cent of Chinese tourists average spend, followed by accommodation, dining and tourist attractions.

Interestingly, the report found that Chinese millennials are no longer the single most dominant user of mobile payments.

“In 2017, 55 per cent of Chinese tourists born between 1960-1979 used mobile payments while travelling overseas – significantly lower than the proportion of millennial tourists,” the report reads.

“In 2018, the usage rate rose to 68 per cent, almost equalling their younger peers.”

Average budget for the typical Chinese tourist increased 15 per cent to AU$9,382 over the year, and a familiarity with mobile payments drove increased spend, with 56 per cent of surveyed merchants claiming improved sales after adopting mobile payment system Alipay.

However, a study by Coresight research in October 2018 found that, while Chinese tourists were travelling more often they were spending around 18 per cent less in the retail environment – a figure driven by a recorded 24 per cent decline in average shopping trip spend.

This story first appeared on our sister site Inside Retail Australia.

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