Sharjah made a strong and successful debut at the COTTM Beijing (Chinese Outbound Travel and Tourism Marketing) exhibition held in the Chinese capital from April 9 to 11, 2014, with the Emirate reaching out to the massive Chinese tourism market and leaders of the industry in the region.
Boeing is projecting a demand for 5,580 new airplanes in China over the next 20 years valued at $780 billion. The company’s annual China Current Market Outlook forecasts the country’s fleet to triple in size over the next two decades.
China’s expenditure on travel abroad reached US$102 billion in 2012, making it the first tourism source market in the world in terms of spending. Other emerging markets as well as most traditional tourism source markets also showed positive results in 2012.
China Intercontinental Communication Center (CICC), a media production arm supervised by China’s State Council Information Office, partners with 3rd Planet to co-organise the largest consumer tourism initiative online. The massive project, Wonders of the World (WOW) will be launched to consumers globally in the first quarter of 2014.
The China National Tourist Office has launched a new website designed specifically for travellers from the United States. The site has been completely redesigned and updated with the goal of enabling tourists and travel professionals to learn more about the destination, its attractions, accommodations, and a multitude of information about travelling to and within China.
In an unprecedented move to encourage international tourists to visit, Hangzhou, capital of the Zhejiang, China, has launched an open door policy and a new campaign to promote tourism. Spearheaded by Li Hong, director of Hangzhou Tourism Commission, the campaign will target more than a dozen countries around the world including the United Kingdom, Germany, France and United States.
Addressing the China Tourism Forum at the World Travel Market, International Council for Tourism Partners (ICTP) President Professor Geoffrey Lipman reflected on his 3 decades of engagement with China travel and tourism and pointed to the systematic build-up of what he described as “a great positive force for change” for the whole world.
UK home secretary Theresa May has questioned plans to simplify the visa application process for Chinese visitors, claiming it would create a security risk. Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for culture, media and sport, outlined plans earlier this week for an £8m extension of the GREAT marketing campaign into secondary Chinese markets in an attempt to boost visitor numbers from the country.
Mr. Zhang Shigang, President of the China Travel Service (CTS), and Mr. Wayne Xu, his Assistant President, received Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, and Elsia Grandcourt, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, at their Head Office in Beijing in China to discuss the continued push of Seychelles holidays by CTS right across China.
Alain St. Ange, the Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture, was received during his working visit to the People’s Republic of China at the People’s Great Hall in Beijing where he held discussions with Mr. Wang Jun, Party Secretary of the China Tourism Administration.