1. The Number of Independent Travelers Will Continue to Rise Under the new visa policy, Chinese travelers can continually visit the US for ten years on a single visa and no longer need a travel agency to complete the application process. While this is not important for tourists who travel in groups and rarely leave China, this is a major win for independent Chinese travelers, who are becoming repeat guests to businesses worldwide. It’s predicted that the new policy will result in up to 7.3 million Chinese visitors to the US by 2021, with an economic impact of $85 billion, according to a report by the US Department of Commerce. 2. They Are Seeking Authentic Local Experiences With a new visa policy that allows them to visit the US multiple times over ten years, Chinese tourists don’t need to rush their experience and be forced to visit the well-known attractions in big cities all at once. They can plan their own itineraries, spend an extended period of time in one region and enjoy unique local experiences like horseback riding in the Grand Canyon or skiing at a New Hampshire resort. They seek local and unique experiences that other Chinese, especially the group tours, do not have access to. 3. The Growing Importance of Search and Booking Trips on Mobile According to the China Internet Network Information Center, China now boasts more than 618 million internet users, more than 80 percent of which access the web via a mobile device, and the percentage of those using mobile apps has risen from 6 percent in 2013 to 17 percent in 2014. The rise of the digital age in China means that travel booking is also going online with more than half of Chinese international travelers (53 percent) booking their hotel accommodation on the web or via mobile apps, a method that is particularly popular with independent travelers under the age of 25. Get the full story at eTurboNews Read also "What are the Chinese’s favorite destinations?" at Attract China