ChinaContact Weekly Newsletter 11th November

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China Edge & COTRI Cocktail Reception: New Chinese Independent Traveller

China Outbound Tourism Market – a phrase that seemed far-fetched just 10 years ago, is now the most important trend in international tourism, as China in 2012 became the number one source market for tourists and the largest spender of all tourist nationalities. China has repeatedly surpassed estimates and broken records in tourism. According to projections by China Tourism watchers such as COTRI and ChinaContact, it will clock over 100 million outbound trips before 2015.

In order to recognise the rising ...

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Visa Reform is a Golden Opportunity for British Brands

 Visa Reform is a Golden Opportunity for British Brands (Press Release / 15 October, 2013 )

 

In the afterglow of China’s National Day “golden week” of holiday shopping, George Osborne has announced changes to the visa application process for Chinese coming to the UK, making it a more attractive option.

Chinese are now the largest consumers of luxury in the world, but over 60 percent of their spending happens outside China – and the UK has an opportunity to capture a ...

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Wishing all my industry colleagues a successful and happy World Travel Market

Excel, London 5-8 November: Check out the China related events and forums taking place during the WTM. If you miss them but still want some advice on how to approach the China market, feel free to send us a message and myself or a colleague will get back to you and try to schedule a quick meeting.

  • 6 November, Tuesday: China outbound tourism forum, with

David Scowill, President & CEO of WTTC
Tom Jenkins, Executive Director, European Tour Operators Association (ETOA)
Marcel ...

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Summary of live streaming from World Travel Market: BRICS session

Summary of live streaming from World Travel Market: BRICS session  

This is a collection of tweets from the event.

  • Adam Wu, CBN: China projected to be top outbound market by 2015. Chinese are highest spending tourists. China ADS agreement is bilateral tourism agreement to promote tourism in both directions.
  • The main challenge to grow outbound tourism is visa issue (recurring theme).
  • Jeanine Pires, Brazil:
  • 60% growth in domestic tourism, 15% growth in outbound tourism.
  • 70% of spend is on shopping. Very intrepid travelers.
  • Sergey Stanovkin, Russia: ...
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Summary of live streaming from World Travel Market: China Tourism Industry by Daniel Tschudy

Summary of live streaming from World Travel Market: China Tourism Industry by Daniel Tschudy

This is a collection of tweets from this event.

  • Busy room, over 100 people. Majority have been to China. Talk starts with population background, very basic stuff.
  • ‎32 mln people employed in tourism in China. 12,000 travel agencies and 300,000 hotels
  • Rail network in China highly developed (puts US to shame really). Domestic tourism grows to Lhasa, Hainan and Taiwan. Lhasa is exotic. Hainan is the Chinese Hawaii, Taiwan is ...
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Hotelbeds aiming for healthy growth in China and Asia as they celebrate 10 years

At the recent WTM (World Travel Market) in London I interviewed Joan Vilà, Managing Director of Accommodation & Destinations Sector at Hotelbeds and TUI PLC, the parent company. Hotelbeds are 10 years old and have unveiled a revamped brand and some growth goals at the WTM this year in London.

They intend to increase investment in IT and sales/marketing spend (40% increase) and grow their workforce by 18% with particular focus on expansion in Asia and the Americas. I sat with Mr. Vilà ...

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WTM Showcasing new and diverse destinations and travel themes in China

3rd annual
WTM-ChinaContact Forum on China’s Tourism Industry
12 November 2008, WTM, Excel, London UK

Showcasing new and diverse destinations and travel themes in China

London, UK 29 October 2008: Chinese tourism, both inbound and outbound, has been growing steadily for over 10 years and has overcome many challenges. This year has been particularly hard for the travel trade even before the credit-crunch. In each of the ...

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China tourism experts make the case for attracting wealthy Chinese on luxury tours in Europe

Press release: ChinaContact / London 28 November 2007

WTM-ChinaContact forum post event report Nov 2007 (PDF download)

When World Travel Market hosted the second annual WTM-ChinaContact forum on China’s tourism industry on 14th November, delegates were keen on discovering the way to profitable tourism business from China. Due to knowledge and communication gaps between the Western and Chinese ...

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When things look bad, find a market that continues to grow and win business there – lessons from China

The reason I am focused on promoting tourism development with China is because I have witnessed first hand the dynamic growth and immense potential of the sector. I have felt the energy of the people working in the sector in China and seen the hunger of Chinese to travel overseas. The pace of growth and expansion has overwhelmed me when I was working there in 2002-2005 and since then, each time I return I can see that the Chinese travel ...

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