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.
Chinese authorities have suspended the use of the Boeing 737 Max 8 by domestic carriers following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft over the weekend. It was the second fatal accident involving the aircraft type following its launch in 2017.
The number of border crossings from mainland China increased in the last quarter of 2018 by seven per cent, but this growth only benefited the destinations of greater China, according to new research.
The European Travel Commission has published a report quantifying the potential impacts of visa facilitation for Chinese travellers on European tourism.