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London’s Landmark Hotel Has a Holistic Approach for Chinese Tourists

When it comes China, five-year plans typically call to mind drab government white papers outlining economic development. But for The Landmark London, a China-centric five-year strategy is helping to differentiate the Marylebone hotel from the plethora of five-star experiences on offer in the capital. The Landmark may be one of London’s few remaining old-world railway hotels, boast 300 spacious rooms, a six-story winter garden, and a luxury skincare spa, but as Andrew Batchelor, General Manager at The Landmark London, explained in an interview with Jing Travel, accommodating Chinese guests takes…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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