With professional guide, drink in the cosmopolitan cities, winding waterways, and villages boasting traditions from long ago.
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 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.
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.
Authorities in China have rescinded a travel ban on carriers of the HIV virus ahead of Expo 2010.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”.
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.
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
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.
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.
Breaking Travel News interviews China at WTTC 2008, Dubai.