Asia Pacific destinations popular with travellers from mainland China continue to report a huge hotel occupancy impact from the coronavirus outbreak, according to preliminary February data from STR.
Over 200,000 flights have now been cancelled or proactively removed from schedules to, from and within China due to coronavirus, according to Cirium.
Individual tourists and groups from China and Asia must not be stigmatised because of the latest coronavirus outbreak, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council. The trade body is warning against disproportionate reactions which could result in discrimination.
JA Manafaru is a multi-award-winning resort in the Maldives which offers Chinese families everything required for an unforgettable kick off to 2020, the year of the rat.
Tencent has announced a collaboration with South African Tourism’s Beijing office to entice more Chinese tourists into visiting the country. In 2018, the spend from Chinese tourists in South Africa increased 69 per cent, from R1.4 billion to R2.4 billion.
The Philippines’ largest carrier, Cebu Pacific, has expanded its reach in mainland China with the launch of a service between Shenzen and Manila. Shenzhen is the fifth Cebu Pacific destination in mainland China and is the airline’s 27th international destination.
Emaar Hospitality Group is strengthening its market outreach to China with a sales and marketing partnership agreement with Youli Hospitality Consulting. As part of the agreement, the company will promote the hotels under Emaar Hospitality Group’s premium luxury Address Hotels + Resorts and upscale lifestyle Vida Hotels & Resorts.
Tourism Ireland is doubling its marketing investment in China, to €1 million, and will also double its marketing team to 12 over the coming months. The destination aims to grow Chinese visitor numbers to 200,000 by 2025.