Caissa Touristic Group, China’s leading outbound tourism service provider, and Geneva, Switzerland-based MSC Cruises have entered into a strategic partnership. As part of the agreement, from May 2016, MSC Lirica will homeport in Shanghai to serve the Chinese home market. The strategic cooperation agreement between the two companies will be the longest-running and financially most significant between a cruise line and a tour operator in the history of cruising in China.
Travel Weekly China has revealed the launch of CruiseWorld China on October 12th, 2015, in Shanghai, China. The one-day event, held at the Le Royal Meridien Shanghai, will bring hundreds of travel agents and cruise industry leaders together in a day filled with insight from top cruise executives and distribution partners, and networking among attendees. “We are so pleased to launch CruiseWorld China,” said Bob Sullivan, president of the travel group, Northstar Travel Media.
China International Tourism Investment Conference, hosted by the Sichuan Provincial People’s Government and the Investment Association of China , was held in Chengdu from July 22 to 24.
Carnival Corporation will add two ships to its China fleet in 2016, making it the first global cruise company with six total ships based in China. The move will increase Carnival Corporation’s total capacity in China by an additional 58 per cent in 2016, further accelerating the company’s leadership position in the growing Chinese market, which continually delivers double-digit annual returns and is expected to eventually become the largest cruise market in the world.
Kempinski Hotel Haitang Bay Sanya offers spacious and elegant accommodations and suites, as well as luxurious residential villas, nestled in a lush tropical garden facing the South China Sea. The luxury beachfront resort, inspired by rich Chinese décor, has also just been nominated as China’s Leading Beach Resort at the World Travel Awards. Here Breaking Travel News sits down with Kempinski’s Rocky Feng to find out more.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake, bringing Hilton’s world-class hospitality to picturesque Yunnan Province for the first time. Owned by Yunnan Metropolitan City Investment Group and managed by Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake is located on the northeast coast of landmark destination Fuxian Lake.
Carnival Corporation has signed a memorandum of understanding with China Merchants Group to explore the possibility of two joint ventures designed to accelerate the development and growth of the overall cruise industry in China. The deal outlines a potential strategic partnership between Carnival Corporation and CMG that includes exploring two possible joint ventures in support of China’s ambitions to grow the cruising industry in China and meet escalating demand for cruises among Chinese travellers.
As new research paper has revealed aspirations to visit Britain in China are stronger than ever before. The news comes as VisitBritain holds its biggest Destination China tourism mission to date in Guangzhou and Hong Kong this week. In the 2014 Anholt GfK Nations Brand Index study, China ranked Britain second out of fifty nations for ‘Tourism’ - its highest ranking to date for this attribute and one place higher than in 2013.
Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise company, has announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the China State Shipbuilding Corporation to explore the possibility of a joint venture aimed at accelerating the development and growth of the Chinese cruise industry. The Chinese sector is expected to be one of the largest cruise markets in the world, with 4.5 million passengers by 2020, according to the Chinese Ministry of Transport.
Boeing, China’s leading provider of passenger airplanes, projects a demand in the country for 6,020 new airplanes over the next 20 years, valued at $870 billion. The company released its annual China Current Market Outlook earlier in Beijing which shows Chinese carriers will take delivery of nearly 45 per cent of the total demand for airplanes in the Asia Pacific region during the forecast period.
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority is working closely with its industry stakeholders on a number of key initiatives aimed at increasing the number of Chinese visitors to the emirate and encouraging those who do come to stay longer. News of the initiatives and their aims was spelt out at the opening of the third Chinese Visitor Summit which runs this week at the Rosewood Abu Dhabi hotel and which is being attended by 75 top Chinese travel agents and tour operators and a contingent of Chinese media.
Luxury markets are booming in Asia with a series of key events set to showcase world-leading brands to an emerging elite consumer. Early next month Citi World Luxury Expo, Seoul, will welcome high net worth individuals from across the region to the Grand Hyatt Seoul.