China is a key market for South African Tourism. In 2016, South Africa welcomed 117,144 visitors from China, representing a 38% year-on-year increase. South Africa and China also share a platform in the BRICS bloc of emerging economies. In September, the 9th BRICS Summit will be held in Xiamen, Fujian Province.
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Tourism between China and India has developed quickly. India and China hosted "Year of Tourism" events for each other in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The number of travelers from China to India surpassed 900,000 in 2015, while the number of Indian visitors to China grew by some 3% the same year.
Chinese tourists are continuing to visit Russia thanks to simplified visa procedures and closer ties through the BRICS countries. More and more Chinese tourists are discovering Russia's vast landscape and its unique cultural history. Russia expects 5 million Chinese tourists in 2017.
Brazil has been keen to upgrade its service trade and related sectors such as tourism among the BRICS bloc.