Destination Media and OTA 

FLIGGY BRINGS DUTY-FREE SHOPPING ONLINE FOR CHINA’S CONSUMERS

Alibaba Group’s online travel platform, Fliggy, is launching a new service that allows Chinese travelers to shop online at duty-free and tax-free shops, international retailers and specialty stores overseas before they head off on vacation. Called Fliggy Buy, the service gives Chinese consumers detailed information and product reviews in their own language prior to reaching their destination, picking them up after they arrive. This will allow travelers to spend more time exploring and experiencing the destination, Fliggy said, rather than losing that time to in-store shopping. For merchants, it’s a chance to…

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Content Destination F&B Hotel Media and OTA Social 

MARKETING TO THE CHINESE TRAVELLER: WHAT YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

There are big changes in the China travel market, which also means big opportunities for marketers. This was how Reene Ho-Phang, founder and, managing director of BrandStory Asia, described what lies in store for companies looking to do business with this outbound travel giant. She was giving some top tips to the delegates at WiT Indie 2019 held at the Penang Institute on the most effective way to tap the China market. BrandStory Asia, a destination marketer in China, was established in 2003 to engage with the travel industry to stimulate the desire for and…

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Destination Observation 

Early Outlines for Chinese Outbound Tourism in 2019

Increases in Chinese Arrivals for the first two months of this year The year 2019 started on a positive note, with five of the six most important destinations for Chinese outbound travel reporting positive developments in arrival numbers, despite the fact that in most places, lower levels of daily spending per person were recorded. As the Chinese New Year (CNY), depends on the lunisolar calendar and fall on any date between January 21 and February 20, depending on the year, statistics for China should always analyze the trends of these…

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Destination F&B Hotel Media and OTA 

China’s Next Hot Travel Market: Customized Luxury Tours

Chinese tourists have been ditching group tours at a rapid pace, and custom-tour operators are reaping the benefits of this booming tourism industry segment. Now that most of these travelers are seasoned, they’re starting to seek unique experiences, and most of them have the adventurous nature and significant disposable income needed to partake in these high-end tours. But there is one traveler demographic within this industry that is still under-served by China’s booming online travel agencies: high-net-worth individuals. As Chinese tourists have increased the frequency of their travels abroad, a growing demographic of high-end…

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Destination Media and OTA 

China Holiday Adjustment Triggers Tourism Craze!

Many people are rather busy rescheduling the upcoming May Day holiday plan after the State Council announced that this year’s holiday would be stretched to four consecutive days.  Within an hour after the announcement, trip searches and bookings surged about 50 percent on Ctrip’s mobile app, the country’s biggest online travel agency. Ctrip also estimated that about 150 million trips would be made during the period, with notable growth in domestic and regional trips. Thailand, Japan, and Indonesia are expected to be popular overseas travel destinations during the holiday, while Chongqing, Hangzhou,…

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Airline Destination F&B 

At Singapore’s Changi Airport, a New Jewel Shines

The 10-story Jewel, offering visitors a forest, indoor waterfall and more than 280 stores and restaurants, hopes to make the Singapore airport a destination in itself. At first glance, visitors to the new Jewel complex at Singapore’s Changi Airport might feel like they have entered some mythical dimension. An indoor waterfall — the tallest in the world — drops 130 feet from an oculus the size of a bus. A Canopy Park has nets for bouncing and walking strung as high as 80 feet above the ground. A forest of 1,400 trees…

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Hotel Social 

Chinese travellers: why they’re the guests French hotels can’t afford to ignore

It’s almost impossible to read through a hospitality or travel publication these days and not find the latest jaw-dropping statistic on the Chinese traveller market. Here’s one: according to The China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI), the number of overseas trips made within a year by Chinese tourists will exceed 400 million by 2030. And, another: in 2017, China led the world in its investments toward travel abroad, investing a total of US$258,000 million, according to the UNWTO. The list is endless. Indeed, a lot is said about the Chinese…

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Hotel 

Hilton-sponsored study examines what Chinese travelers want

Hilton has released results from a study undertaken on its behalf by global information and measurement houses Kantar and Nielsen.The study, examining Chinese consumers’ travel mindset, was conducted as Hilton pushed the growth of its Canopy brand across China and the broader Asia-Pacific region. As China’s expanding economy shifts from an export- and investment-led model to one of consumption and services, the country’s tourism sector continues to experience a major boom. The number of domestic tourists reached 2.83 billion in first-half 2018, up 11.4 percent year-over-year, while outbound travelers surged 15…

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