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Chinese Tourists Are Going International—and Their Travel Habits Are Evolving

Chinese tourists are no longer going overseas primarily to shop. As the Chinese middle classes grow in size and wealth, Chinese residents are increasingly becoming international tourists—and the reasons they travel overseas are evolving. According to a recent survey of 2,000 Chinese travelers by Oliver Wyman, Chinese tourists made 140 million outbound trips in 2018—a 13.5 percent increase over 2017. Chinese tourists are getting bolder, both about where they go and what they experience at their destination—and these changes are affecting where and what these travelers spend their money on. According to The…

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Israeli Tourism is ‘Made for China

Tourism to Israel is on the rise, and if last year’s numbers—4,120,800 million, to be exact—are any indication, this year may prove to be even more successful. While for years, many tourists to Israel arrived from Western countries, the numbers are changing. Now, more tourists from countries in the east, especially China, have discovered Israel, and if this trend continues, Israel’s incoming tourism industry could witness greatly accelerated growth. Tourism to Israel is on the rise, and if last year’s numbers—4,120,800 million, to be exact—are any indication, this year may…

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Chinese Travelers Seeing More Sights at Night

Chinese tourists are just as eager to see destinations at night as they are during the day, but it’s not wild night spots like bars and clubs that are attracting these globetrotters, it’s illuminated shows. Evening tours — defined as tours that start after 6:00 p.m. — have grown in popularity over the last couple of years, with some popular destinations offering a variety of them, according to family travel booking site Lvmama. The travel platform noted that bookings for “night tours” increased by 9 percent year-on-year in 2018, and…

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Travel app targets millennials in China with features for young solo tourists, particularly women

Travel à la Carte stores everything needed for a trip in one central place and includes a multi-functional digital wallet and an AI-powered assistant Created by two Czech sisters and their friend, the app is targeting Chinese travellers first, with adventure trips to Laos and Vietnam proving popular Ivana Hronova and her sister Olga Grillova’s first trip to Cuba started off as a nightmare. Their flight landed in the evening, the local system did not recognise their credit card and they found themselves wandering around Havana for hours looking for…

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Year of tourism for China, Pacific island countries launched to promote cultural, personnel exchanges

The 2019 Year of Tourism for China and Pacific Island Countries was launched here at a grand ceremony in the capital of Samoa, with colored fireworks and wonderful cultural programs. Luo Shugang, China’s minister of culture and tourism, read a congratulatory message extended by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the event at the ceremony. In a speech delivered at the opening ceremony, Fiame Naomi Mataafa, Samoa’s acting prime minister, hailed the launch of the tourism year, noting that it is the direct outcome of the South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO)’s…

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Study Reveals Chinese Tourists’ Motivations for Shopping

Chinese tourists who shop for luxury goods are motivated by “materialism, a desire for social status or to conform with others”, and these differences in their nature influence not only what they buy, but where they buy, according to a recently published study by researchers at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Mainland Chinese tourists visiting Hong Kong tend to visit different shopping outlets to buy luxury goods according to their different motivations, said Dr Sam Kim of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic…

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Chinese Travelers on WeChat Can Now Navigate French Railways

Last year, France saw a 50-percent year-on-year increase in Chinese tourists with more than 2 million, according to Ctrip.com International, and about 60 percent of them were between 18 and 35 years old. It was the 17th most popular overseas destination for Chinese travelers in 2018, according to a report from Ctrip and Chinese government research institution China Travel Academy. Tourism suffered a bit at the end of the year due to safety concerns after the Yellow Vest protests, but that hasn’t stopped France from continuing to target Chinese tourists, and they…

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Southeast Asia eases visa rules to counter fall in Chinese tourists

Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia woo visitors from new markets Southeast Asia is responding to a drop in tourism from China, its largest source of arrivals, by offering easier visa procedures to visitors from countries in Europe, Latin America and elsewhere in Asia. Thailand, the region’s most popular destination, received 38 million international tourists in 2018. In January, the kingdom extended a waiver of the 2,000 baht ($64) fee for visa-on-arrival for tourists from 21 countries and regions, including China, India and Saudi Arabia, through April 30. It began the waiver last December. Vietnam in February added…

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WeChat Pay brings its ecosystem to the world

WeChat Pay unveils its latest strategy for cross-border payment business at the WeChat Pay Overseas Partner Conference 2019: Themed on ‘One for Billion’, the conference encourages service providers and merchants across the world to expand their businesses by reaching out and engaging the Chinese travelers through WeChat ecosystem. Close to 1,600 guests including representatives from global merchants and outstanding service providers from China and overseas, gathered in Hong Kong to explore the new opportunities with WeChat Pay’s smart ecosystem. “In the past five years, the progress of mobile payment technology…

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