Airline 

Thailand-based carrier starting Shanghai flights

NokScoot Airlines to expand presence in nation’s burgeoning travel market Low-cost carrier NokScoot Airlines, a joint-venture between Thailand’s Nok Air and Singapore’s Scoot, on Tuesday expanded its footprint in China with direct flights between Shanghai and Bangkok. Set up in 2014, Thailand-based NokScoot already flies to Nanjing in Jiangsu province, Qingdao in Shandong province, Tianjin, Shenyang and Dalian in Liaoning province, Chongqing, and Xi’an in Shaanxi province on the Chinese mainland. NokScoot is initially operating four weekly flights from Bangkok to Shanghai, with frequency becoming daily from March 4. The…

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Hyatt Bets Big On China For The Future Of Travel

Hyatt opened its first hotel in China in 1969 and today has grown to 58 hotels, seven brands and more than 19,000 rooms in Greater China. Over the next four years, Hyatt plans to double its presence in China with 60 hotels and 22,000 more rooms in the pipeline, representing nearly one-third of Hyatt’s global development pipeline. China’s growing middle class and rapid urbanization are big drivers in this growth strategy. Travel and tourism revenue in China is growing at more than double the rate of GDP growth, and over the…

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Airline 

Ethiopia, China aim at greater heights in aviation cooperation

Mihretab Teklay, Director of Integrated Marketing Communications at Ethiopian Airlines (ET) is a person on a mission to further boost Ethiopia’s robust aviation cooperation with China. Speaking at an event sponsored by ET to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa on Tuesday evening, Teklay said Ethiopia already is connected with China in various areas. “China is special for us as a country. And as an airline, we really appreciate the economic growth of China and also the financing that has been done for Ethiopia in different…

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Destination F&B 

SENTOSA SINGAPORE LAUNCHES CASHLESS INITIATIVE TO ENTICE CHINESE TOURISTS

Online payment platform, Alipay has launched its payment solutions across 70% of the island’s merchants to cater to Sentosa’s Chinese tourists.  The new cashless initiative is a joint collaboration between Alibaba-owned Alipay, Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to enhance guest experiences and enable seamless access to the tourist hot-spot’s attractions, food and beverage (F&B), and retail outlets for Chinese visitors. The Alipay payment service which is popular among Chinese users is entering Sentosa at a time when China is growing in importance as a key source market for Singapore. Chinese…

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F&B 

Meituan Dianping and Chope form partnership to tap into Chinese tourists love for food

Both parties decided to integrate their apps as Chope currently operates countries which are seeing a flood of Chinese tourists. Meituan Dianping, the Tencent-backed Chinese food delivery giant, has announced a partnership with Singapore-based dining platform Chope to help Chinese tourists make reservations at restaurants around Asia Pacific. Both parties decided to integrate their apps as Chope currently operates in Singapore, Bali, Jakarta, Bangkok, Phuket, and Hong Kong, countries which are seeing a flood of Chinese tourists who are willing to spend a big chunk of their budget on food,…

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China, part 4: The digital distribution model

In Feburary train stations and highways around China are experiencing peak volume, as hundreds of millions of the country’s citizens travel to celebrate the Lunar New Year Spring Festival. The Year of the Pig officially began February 5, but Chinese people celebrate it during a 40-day travel rush period known as “Chunyun,” which this year runs from January 21 and March 1. During that time the government estimates more than three billion trips will be made, up 0.6% over 2018, with an 8.3% increase in train trips and a 12%…

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China, part 3: The state of the travel startup ecosystem

In Febuary train stations and highways around China are experiencing peak volume, as hundreds of millions of the country’s citizens travel to celebrate the Lunar New Year Spring Festival. The Year of the Pig officially began February 5, but Chinese people celebrate it during a 40-day travel rush period known as “Chunyun,” which this year runs from January 21 and March 1. During that time the government estimates more than three billion trips will be made, up 0.6% over 2018, with an 8.3% increase in train trips and a 12%…

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Content Destination Media and OTA Observation 

China, part 2: A conversation with Ctrip founder James Liang

In February train stations and highways around China are experiencing peak volume, as hundreds of millions of the country’s citizens travel to celebrate the Lunar New Year Spring Festival. The Year of the Pig officially began February 5, but Chinese people celebrate it during a 40-day travel rush period known as “Chunyun,” which this year runs from January 21 and March 1. During that time the government estimates more than three billion trips will be made, up 0.6% over 2018, with an 8.3% increase in train trips and a 12%…

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China, part 1: The big (and getting bigger) picture

It’s that time of year when airports, train stations and highways around China are experiencing peak volume, as hundreds of millions of the country’s citizens travel to celebrate the Lunar New Year Spring Festival. The Year of the Pig officially begins on February 5, but Chinese people celebrate it during a 40-day travel rush period known as “Chunyun,” which this year runs from January 21 and March 1. During that time the government estimates more than three billion trips will be made, up 0.6% over 2018, with an 8.3% increase…

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Destination 

EU reports 5% increase in Chinese arrivals for 2018

Chinese tourists continue to put Europe at the top of their favorite destinations despite the relative slow-down in the Chinese economy and any concerns about Brexit, according to the latest figures from the European Travel Commission, in collaboration with the air travel analyst ForwardKeys. The data show a 5.1-percent year-over-year increase in Chinese arrivals in EU destinations throughout 2018.  The growth in Chinese travelers has been solid and the near future, judging by current bookings, will see the EU continuing to increase its share of this valuable market, not just…

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