Chinese visitors boost tourism to record high

  The Times Square masses of humanity, sidewalk-blocking phalanxes and museum-entrance lines added up to an unprecedented 56.4 million visitors to the city in 2014, officials said Monday. New York City was the place to be in 2014, when 56.4 million visitors flocked to the Big Apple, the de Blasio administration announced Monday. It was [...]

With a Surge in China Outbound Tourism: How Can Businesses Cater to Chinese Travellers

Last fall, a former Chinese employee of mine who goes by the Western name Marc, suddenly called me after more than a decade hiatus in our correspondence. He told me that he was now running his own travel company in Shanghai, and was in New York City leading a group of mid-level Chinese business managers [...]

Chinese Tourists Spent More Money Than Any Other Nationality Last Year

Thanks to rapid urbanization and rising disposable incomes in their country, Chinese tourists spent $102 billion during their travels in 2012, more than any other nationality, making the Asian nation the world’s number one tourism source market, the United Nations said today. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the volume of international trips by [...]

How to Attract Chinese tourists in 2013: Over 30 Countries’ Marketing Strategies to Woo Chinese Tourists

A booming economy and expanding middle class with a newly disposable income has made China the number one most sought after outbound tourism market in the world. (The Official Tourism Website of Canada is Available in Chinese)   A record 1 billion tourists crossed international borders in 2012, and Chinese travelers are becoming a bigger and [...]

For Affluent Asians, Africa’s Appeal

Paris, Milan and Hong Kong are well-known to affluent Chinese, some of them are tiring of the usual luxury enclaves. For them, says Tianyin Shi, group head of China for Deutsche Bank ’s private wealth management group, Africa awaits. “I first went to Africa in 2011 and liked it so much that I booked the next trip [...]

UK Businesses Urge Government Simplify Visa Application Process for Chinese Visitors

Britain is treating Chinese citizens “like criminals” under its complex visa entry system, which prevents thousands of tourists from visiting the UK and boosting economic spend, industry chiefs warned. Business leaders including British Airways boss Willie Walsh; Nick Varney, chief executive of the Madame Tussauds owner Merlin Entertainments; and Grant Hearn, Travelodge chief, have warned [...]

US firms learn how to better serve Chinese tourists and understand their culture

Chinese tourism in America From 2010-11, Chinese visitors to the US increased by 36% Visitors from China spent $5.7bn (£3.5bn) within the US in 2011 The top five entry points for Chinese visitors to the US are New York, Newark, San Francisco, Chicago and Blaine, Washington state (on the Canadian border). Source: Massachusetts Office of [...]

Affluent Chinese looking abroad for medical services

Number of medical tourists rises because of cheaper costs, services Talking about her recent trip to Thailand, Wang Jingxian said it was “really worthy as well as comfortable and happy”. The 35-year-old Beijing white-collar worker traveled to Bangkok in October for skin laser surgery to rejuvenate her appearance at Bumrungrad International Hospital, one of the world’s top [...]

Joint visa center to increase Chinese tourists

German-French joint facility to increase Chinese tourists to Europe Germany and France officially opened the first joint visa application center in Beijing on Tuesday, to ease the application process and attract more Chinese to Europe. The newly built center can make the process of applying for a visa more convenient, but Chinese are still required [...]

Chinese tourism overseas on the rise

Residents from the Chinese mainland spend $874 on shopping overseas on each trip on average, the most among Asian countries and regions, according to a survey released by Travelzoo Inc, a global Internet media company for travel and entertainment based in the US. The survey had 4,000 respondents from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, [...]