Chinese Tourists spent 127.5 billion U.S. dollars overseas in the first half of 2019 (H1), according to a report released by the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE).

Asia took the lion’s share of Chinese tourists’ consumption with 54 percent of the total. The Americas ranked second, accounting for 24 percent, followed by Europe with 13 percent, the report showed.

With stronger trade and investment ties with Countries along the Belt & Road, Chinese residents are spending more in such emerging markets, according to the report.

In the first half of 2019, Chinese residents spent a total of 14.9 billion dollars in Belt & Road countries, SAFE data showed.

In terms of payment methods, mobile payment saw its H1 volume double from the same period last year, while bank cards remained the primary form of payment.

Shopping has remained a main component of tourist consumption. In H1, Chinese residents’ outbound spending on shopping remained flat compared to 2018.

This reflects improvements in the domestic shopping environment, said the report.

According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, the number of global travellers will exceed 1.8 billion by 2030.

China is considered the world’s fastest-growing tourism market and will play a key role in the sector’s development.