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Australia seeks boost in Chinese tourism

Australia seeks boost in Chinese tourism

21 June 2010 Tourism News

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has outlined plans to invest some $30 million in selling Australia as a tourism destination to Chinese travellers. The move is part of a $10 billion trade agreement between the two states and follows a visit by Chinese vice-president Xi Jinpeng to Australia over the weekend.

Japan relaxes Chinese visa restrictions

Japan relaxes Chinese visa restrictions

10 May 2010 Tourism News

Japan has relaxed financial criteria for Chinese travellers seeking individual visas to enter the country. In an effort to boost visitor numbers, the Japan Tourism Authority has also increased the number of Chinese locations at which applications can be made.

China opens first Taiwan tourist office

China opens first Taiwan tourist office

7 May 2010 Tourism News

In a landmark development signalling improved relations between the two former rivals, China will today open its first semi-official tourist office in Taiwan. The move is reciprocal, following the opening of a Chinese Cross-Strait Tourism Exchange Association office in Taipei earlier this week.

China lifts HIV travel restrictions

China lifts HIV travel restrictions

28 April 2010 Tourism News

Authorities in China have rescinded a travel ban on carriers of the HIV virus ahead of Expo 2010. The communist-state was one of approximately 50 countires around the world which maintained such a policy, with the World Health Organisation welcoming the decision as a “significant step in the right direction”.

Global slowdown hits Chinese hotels

Global slowdown hits Chinese hotels

12 February 2010 Hotel News

Rapid growth in the Chinese hotel sector was reversed during 2009, with the economic downturn largely to blame. Data from STR Global find the revenue per available room (RevPAR) achieved by Chinese hotels fell by 26.2 percent during 2009 when compared with a year ago – underlining their poor performance.

Eyeglass Paradise in Beijing

Eyeglass Paradise in Beijing

18 November 2009 Press Release Tourism News

Travelers to China think of Beijing as a shopper’s paradise, purchasing clothing, electronics and all kinds of souvenirs from large markets. Unknown to most visitors, Beijing also has a unique specialty market that often gets missed—The Eyeglass Market. The China Guide ( http://www.TheChinaGuide.com ), an American owned travel company, describes Beijing’s Eyeglass Market as four floors of overflowing frames and sunglasses having everything from classic shapes to wild designs

Corporate travel management and travel practices in China

Corporate travel management and travel practices in China

29 September 2009 Focus

The report with the same title published earlier this year by PhoCusWright and Amadeus IT Group is based on extensive research with over one hundred corporate executives responsible for travel procurement decisions in their companies and paints a picture of a corporate travel market with a significantly different behavior pattern from the rest of the world when it comes to planning, purchasing and accounting for travel services. The reasons for these differences are mainly cultural and will not be changed overnight.

China plans 35 high-speed lines by 2012

25 July 2009 Press Release Rail & Coach News

While work continues in Britain examining the case for building a new high- speed rail line from London to the West Midlands and North—which may be opened by 2025—China has announced plans to build 35 high-speed routes by 2012.