From China to South Korea, Malaysia to India, Asia is witnessing an international outbound travel boom. As with all emerging market trends, China is the leader. According to the U.N. World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the number of Chinese outbound travelers hit some 135 million last year. The Chinese traveler has surpassed the American traveler as the biggest force in the industry, beating Americans in total outbound numbers and in spending. Last year, according to the UNWTO, Chinese international travelers spent $261 billion - larger than the entire GDP of Greece or Portugal. A rising number of those travelers have come to the United States, spending some $33 billion in 2016, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. The Chinese - thousands of miles away - are well on their way to becoming the third-largest visitor group to the country, after Canadians and Mexicans, respectively. Get the full story at The Chicago Tribune