AirPlus International Inc reported business travel in China rebounded in 2010 on the back of rapid expansion of China’s economy and following a decline during the global financial crisis (China Daily, 05-May-2011). The World Travel and Tourism Council also reported China’s business travel expenditure rose from USD18 billion in 2000 to USD62 billion in 2010. The council forecasts China to become the second largest business travel market in the world after the US with a business travel expenditure of USD277 billion by 2020.
China's business travel rebounded in 2010
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