China the Future of Travel interviews: Renee Hartmann, China Luxury Advisors

Case Study 12: Shopping as Part of International Travel

Renee Hartmann is the co-founder of China Luxury Advisors, a company with offices in the U.S., France and China that counsels luxury brands and retailers on their China consumer strategy.

 

How important is shopping to the travel experience of most Chinese visitors to the U.S.? Would you say shopping is more important to Chinese visitors than other nationalities?

Shopping is the single most popular activity for Chinese tourists, and certainly more ...

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China the Future of Travel: Spending power of Chinese tourists

How much do Chinese spend when travelling?

A trip to Europe equals just under the average yearly disposable income of people living in the cities (2,900 Euros). As the cities in China have populations measured in millions, it goes without saying that quite a few people enjoy an income significantly higher than the average. Economic disparity is extremely high and a cause for concern for the Chinese government. Estimates are that about one third of the ...

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Press Release: Regent Street announces launch of new Chinese website

Regent Street, London W1, is delighted to announce the launch of a new website for Chinese visitors, Regentstreetonline.cn, which is packed with key features designed specifically to meet the needs of the growing number of Chinese visitors.

Research supplied by international shopping experts, Global Blue, proves that the Chinese are one of the top international markets on Regent Street. Chinese visitor numbers have increased by 15% year on year and it is predicted to triple over the next five years, ...

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ChinaContact Weekly Newsletter 10th February 2014

 

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ChinaContact Weekly Newsletter 20th January 2014

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Chinese ingenuity will not be stopped by another tourism law… is CNTA fighting a losing battle?

On the 1st of October, China’s government began to implement the national tourism law which is intended to regulate the market for group travel, improve the quality of packaged tours and prevent unscrupulous travel operators from selling deeply discounted trips in the aims of making profits from shopping commissions and selling of optional excursions.

The aim of the law is positive and noble. The law was drafted after countless complaints by tourists about the pressure they faced from tour leaders ...

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What should the UK do to bolster Chinese spending on tourism and retail?

London’s retail industry is clearly bolstered by Chinese consumers. The United Kingdom has actually been struggling to catch up in attracting this consumer segment, as the European Union signed its Approved Destination Status (ADS) agreement with China two years earlier than the UK. In 2005, the UN WTO (World Tourism Organisation) predicted that Chinese outbound tourists will reach 100 million by 2020; it has since revised that date to 2015.

For the UK, the focus should be primarily on high net ...

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Q&A with ChinaContact MD, Roy Graff: Why is the UK not enjoying the promised boom in Chinese inbound tourism?

Recent media channels, tourism and retail associations in the UK have been extremely vocal in their frustration that Britain should attract more Chinese tourists but is lagging behind other countries like France and US. The British government has made announcements that it will look to ease the visa application process for Chinese and raise investment in tourism marketing. However, the anticipated growth is failing to materialise at a time of economic difficulties for the retail sector while ...

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