Their overall spending went from double digits to a 4% increase in 2017, and a 2% drop last year.
Some 381 million passenger trips were handled by China's civil aviation sector during the first seven months, up 8.7% over the same period last year.
China, Indonesia and India remained the biggest source of visitors and spending, with visitorship remaining relatively stable.
Passenger number was growing slower than flight capacity in the first five months of 2019 between the world’s two largest economies.
Group tours, admission tickets and other excursions during the nighttime in July surged by 60% over June. During the two weeks in late July, bookings of nighttime events soared by over 100% compared with two weeks earlier.
The proposal is expected to boost this year’s number of Chinese tourists from 10.5 million to 11.5 million.
The move comes amid a rebound in numbers of mainland tourists to Taiwan, which stood at 1.67 million in the first half, up 28% from a year earlier.
Over the first five months of 2019, the number of Chinese mainland tourists visiting Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan has increased 17.5%, 22.72% and 26.49% respectively compared with the previous year.
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