At US hotels, Chinese treated to comforts of home

MEGHAN BARR Associated Press Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- Chinese tourists are being treated to the comforts of home when they check in at the front desk.

Major American hotel brands are bending over backwards to cater to the needs of the world's most sought-after traveler: the Chinese tourist. That means hot tea in their rooms, congee for breakfast and Mandarin-speaking hotel employees at their disposal.

Visitors from China are arriving in unprecedented numbers on American shores. That's due to a rising Chinese middle class and a streamlined visa process.

More than a million Chinese visited the U.S. in 2011. They contributed more than $5.7 billion to the U.S. economy.

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