Chinese arrivals to the GCC will increase 21 per cent to 2021, rising to 2.5 million visitors annually, according to data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018. Published by Colliers International, the data predicts Saudi Arabia will experience the highest proportionate increase in arrivals from China, up 35 per cent on 2016 figures.
The UK has seen an increase in visits from China, and is ready to welcome more visitors ahead of Chinese New Year. The UK saw strong growth from China during the first nine months of 2017, with spending up 48 per cent and visits up 33 per cent.
As prime minister Theresa May sets off on a trade mission to China, research out today underscores the value of frequent, direct connections between the UK’s hub airport, Heathrow, and the Middle Kingdom. It also identifies the urgent need to add capacity on these routes in order to support the government’s trade strategy.
Air China will begin non-stop flights between Beijing and Copenhagen from May 30th. Once the new route launches, passengers will be able to arrive comfortably in Andersen’s dreamlike fairy tale Kingdom in ten hours.
UKinbound is urging the government to make its two-year reduced cost multi entry Chinese visa pilot a permanent scheme. The scheme is due to end in January 2018, however with China’s Golden Week holiday set to begin on Sunday, UKinbound has surveyed its tour operator members to find out what impact the visa pilot has had on their businesses to date.