Airline Content Destination F&B Hotel Observation 

Chinese High-End Outbound Customized Travel

Chinese High-End Outbound Customized Travel – A Joint Report By Ctrip and COTRI High-End Customized Travel vs. Standard Customized Travel Ctrip’s Customized Travel unit is the leading platform for customized travel, boasting the largest annual transaction volume and linking to the most qualified customized travel consultants in China. In 2019, while many international tourism service providers are still learning about the concept of customized travel and adjusting their services to satisfy the diverse demands of Chinese travelers, Ctrip Customized Travel have launched their “high-end customized travel” services.  Even though the…

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Content Technology and data 

Traveling becomes a regular part of life for Chinese

Recently released statistics showed that traveling is increasingly becoming a regular part of life for millions of Chinese. A second Chinese time-use survey by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed that the average daily leisure time in the country was one hour and five minutes last year, an increase of 25 minutes compared with 2008, when the survey was first conducted. Traveling is now favored by a growing number of Chinese people as an important leisure activity. China saw 112 million domestic tourist trips during this year’s three-day Qingming…

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Airline Destination 

Slowing China arrivals reinforce the need for new tourism markets

Reduced visitor numbers from China are a reminder of the need for New Zealand to keep looking for new potential markets for inbound tourism, Auckland International Airport says. The slowdown, after several years of “break-neck” expansion, reflects the economic cycles that all visitor source countries go through, says Scott Tasker, the airport’s aeronautical commercial general manager. Slower growth in the domestic economy had prompted some Chinese consumers to put off overseas holidays or spend less on them. Some Chinese airlines are also consolidating services after adding seat capacity for several…

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Destination Observation Social 

More Leisure Time Equals More Travel for Chinese Tourists

China’s National Bureau of Statistics recently released data tracking citizens’ leisure time over the past 10 years, and the findings indicate that an increase in the amount of free time over the past decade has also led to an increase in outbound travel. The report notes that Chinese citizens have a total of 1 hour and 5 minutes of free time per day, about 25 minutes more than in 2008 — the comes to more than 16 days for leisure activities. Those hours have led to changing habits that include…

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Content Observation Technology and data 

China’s outbound tourism boom and AI are powerful drivers of travel technology and tailored trips

Companies are digging deep into data related to the interests, habits and preferences of travellers to make future trips more personalised In the span of a week during Lunar New Year festival earlier this year, around 400 million Chinese went on trips primarily to unite with family members, and about 7 million of them travelled abroad, a rise of almost 10 per cent over 2018. The China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI), an independent Beijing-based research and tourism advocacy organisation, reports that the number of outbound trips made by Chinese…

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Airline Destination 

Air China triples daily flights between London and Beijing

Air China, the country’s major carrier to the UK, has introduced the new Airbus A350-900, operating on its London Heathrow to Beijing route. The new Airbus A350-900 aircraft has been introduced to the UK fleet to improve the in-flight experience across all classes. In addition, it will allow the flag carrier to increase the number of flights between London and Beijing to three flights a day, further improving the connection between the UK and China. The aircraft provides 312 seats in total, offering a new layout with 32 seats in Business…

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Media and OTA 

Trip.com upgrades loyalty benefits with TripPLUS

Trip.com, the international brand of Ctrip Group, has announced the official launch of a new rewards program entitled TripPLUS.  Through the TripPLUS rewards program, Trip.com members who use the site and its app will now be able to accumulate loyalty points called ‘Trip Coins’ whenever they book flights and hotels or write a review. Members will now earn 25 Trip Coins for every USD 100 they spend on flight bookings, 80 Trip Coins for every USD 100 spent on hotel bookings, and up to 120 Trip Coins for every hotel…

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Destination F&B Technology and data 

ALIPAY GROWS OVERSEAS WITH CHINA OUTBOUND TOURISM

As Chinese consumers increasingly vacation overseas, their beloved mobile-payment apps are following them, says a report released jointly by U.S. research firm Nielsen and Alipay. That’s making it easier for travelers to make purchases and conduct other business while abroad. But the ability of mobile-payments apps to ride the China outbound tourism trend doesn’t benefit only consumers, according to the report, which was released Monday. More than half of the businesses surveyed saw an increase in both the foot traffic in their stores and the size of transactions made by Chinese travelers after they…

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Trends in Chinese High-End Tourism 2019

A new report from Chinese luxury travel agency SparkleTour identifies the main keywords and trends in the development of high-end Chinese tourism. The report has been translated to give you insights on the demographics, sales channels, destinations, and other trends in Chinese luxury travel consumption. You can view the original report in Chinese here.    Keyword 1: Post-90s Consumerism The proportion of travel decision makers aged 19-29 reached 22.1%, a significant increase compared to previous years. In their hotel choices, Chinese luxury travelers born in the 1990s show a preference for novel experiences,…

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