Chinese travelers are doing more than taking more cruises. They're also flying to overseas vacation spots in larger numbers, prompting hospitality industry efforts to bring on more Mandarin speakers to cater to this growing and big-spending market. In 2013 China was already the seventh-biggest international market for U.S. travel, measured by traveler volume. Overall travel from China to the U.S., including business and leisure, is forecast by the commerce department to grow 19% year over year through 2018, with 4.3 million Chinese visitors expected here that year. Those projections make China the highest-growth market through at least 2017, according to the U.S. Travel Association trade group. Chinese tourists are now officially the biggest spenders, too. The United Nations World Trade Organization says Chinese travelers spent $102 billion abroad last year. Get the full story at The Motley Fool