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American opens one of China’s first foreign owned travel agencies

American opens one of China’s first foreign owned travel agencies

After China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) one of its obligations was to open its market to travel agencies completely owned and operated by foreigners.

Peter Danford, originally from Cleveland, Ohio has now completed the process. Mr. Danford has owned and operated a Travel Consultancy in China for several years which has now been granted status as one of China’s first wholly foreign owned Travel Agencies, called the Beijing Freedom Travel Agency.

“Now that we are a fully operational travel agency we are able to deliver complete travel services, the same as any Chinese owned travel agency. Additionally we are allowed to hire foreigners to work on our staff which is a big boost to quality and service” said Mr. Danford, owner of Beijing Freedom Travel Agency.

The companies web site is called The China Guide ( and features photography, information and travel itineraries developed by Danford and his staff.

“We have been cooperating with Chinese travel agencies in the past and have been operating as a travel consultancy in China for several years. This has allowed the company to build up experienced staff. We specialize in private custom itineraries with a high level of quality and a reasonable price” added Mr. Danford.


A western owned and managed travel agency, Beijing Freedom Travel Agency aims to treat its guests like family. There are no factory shopping stops, meals are in quality local restaurants, guides are carefully screened and client satisfaction is the priority.