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Morocco anticipates more Chinese tourists

Rabat is betting on Chinese tourism market because of the size of the market, estimated at 150 million tourists annually. RABAT – Chinese-Moroccan partnerships received a boost in the tourism sector, which is of vital strategic importance in Morocco’s development policies. Adel El Fakir, director-general of the Moroccan National Tourist Office, signed an agreement with Liang Jianzhang, chairman of the China Digital Travel Agency (Ctrip), to promote the Moroccan market in China. The 3-year agreement was widely welcomed because it offered opportunities to boost the flow of Chinese tourists to…

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Ctrip and Sicily Boost Tourism Co-operation with Strategic Partnership

Ctrip, the largest online travel agency in Asia today announced a strategic partnership with Sicily that promises to bring a bigger share of the world’s largest outbound tourism market to the Mediterranean island. In the presence of Michele Geraci, Undersecretary of State for International Trade and Investment Attraction at the Ministry of Economic Development, Ctrip Chief Marketing Officer Bo Sun, the Region of Sicily, represented by Gaetano Armao, Regional Councilor for Economy and Vice-President of the Region of Sicily, and Lucia Di Fatta, General Director of the Regional Department of Tourism, Sport and Entertainment, on behalf…

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Brunei airline caters for growing Chinese visitors with multilingual booking website

The Royal Brunei Airline (RB), the sultanate’s national carrier, hoped to facilitate the growing interest of travellers from China and other East Asian countries into the country. Its website has recently added simplified and traditional Chinese language options, as well as Korean and Japanese, and will be adding two more languages in due times. Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy Hj Abdul Manaf said in an interview with Xinhua on Wednesday that the Brunei Tourism Development Department is continuously working with other relevant agencies including RB and travel agents to…

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China outbound travel healthy

 “Chinese tourism is ‘FIT’ and healthy,” says ForwardKeys vice president insights, Olivier Ponti, summing up the latest travel trends.  ForwardKeys tracks trends by analysing over 17 million flight booking transactions daily and its latest data dive shows independent travel, often called FIT in the trade, is on the increase.  “There are two major trends,” says Ponti, “there is increasing enthusiasm to travel independently, as opposed to (package holidays) and more people are seizing the opportunity to travel abroad during major public holidays.” “It reflects growing confidence in doing one’s own…

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A digital roadmap to selling to Chinese tourists

149 million Chinese tourists traveled internationally in 2018. Those affluent shoppers represent a large sales opportunity for retailers, travel services and tourist destinations that know how to leverage the mobile apps that are embedded in everyday life in China. In 2018, the number of tourists from China traveling internationally was 149 million. This impressive figure exceeds the current population of Great Britain, Germany, Russia, France, Japan, and many other countries—and every year, the number of Chinese citizens traveling abroad for the purpose of tourism is growing by almost 10%. Chinese…

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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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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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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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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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Chinese tourists target Singapore, US, Italy and Thailand after being given ‘extra’ May Day holiday

Decision to extend holiday period to four days is expected to trigger 150 million extra trips to favourite domestic and foreign destinations. Chinese tourists are set for an unexpected tourism bonanza after the government announced on Friday that the May Day public holiday would be extended to four days. The move surprised many because mainland China’s previous holiday plan for the year, released in December, indicated that only May 1, a Wednesday, would be a public holiday. But the decision to extend the Labour Day holiday schedule until Saturday May…

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