The Appeal of Antarctica for the Premium Chinese Traveler

Antarctica is an increasingly popular destination for China's wealthiest travelers. Chinese arrivals to Antarctica grew from 100 to almost 4,000 between 2008 and 2016. However, the trip often doesn't meet expectations.

Booking Partners with Airbnb Competitor Xiaozhu in China

Booking Holdings is partnering with Chinese Airbnb-competitor Xiaozhu through Agoda in a move that hedges bets against Airbnb, Ctrip, and other players in the Chinese online travel market.

Travel Ranks Highest on Chinese Consumers’ 2018 Budgets: Survey

Chinese customers rank travel as the top item on their 2018 budgets according to a survey among 100,000 Chinese households.

How Malta is Capitalizing on Major Events To Attract More Chinese Visitors

Valletta is one of Europe's Capitals of Culture in 2018, and the city, along with Malta as a whole, is hoping to capitalize on this opportunity to attract more Chinese visitors using a wide variety of social media campaigns and B2B marketing drives.

Australian Firm Believes It Has ‘Solved’ Daigou, Cross-border E-commerce

How do you “solve” cashing in on Chinese tour groups, Chinese independent travelers, daigou, and booming e-commerce in China? One Australian company thinks it has the answer.

Taiwan Official: China is Not Banning Tour Groups

Taiwanese tourism officials have come out denying recent reports about a tourism ban, instead citing a change in tour leader licensing laws from 2016 as cause for the drop in tour groups to Taiwan.

Why Chinese Tourism to the United States is Safe from a Trade War

In the event of a Sino-American trade war following Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, Chinese tourism flows to the United States still remain safe.

Ctrip-backed Tongcheng-ELong to Launch IPO This Year

Tongcheng-Elong, backed by both Tencent and Ctrip, is planning an IPO in Hong Kong later this year, which is expected to raise somewhere between $1 and $1.5 billion. The company was recently formed in December by the merger of eLong and Tongcheng, both originally backed by Ctrip. The IPO is likely part of Ctrip's strategy to consolidate its position as it faces increased competition from both domestic and international firms.

For Up-and-Coming Destinations, DMOs’ Campaigns are Key

For lesser-known, up-and-coming destinations among Chinese traveler, destination marketing organizations (DMOs) constitute a key source of marketing know-how in promoting awareness of destinations in China and making sure businesses are ready when Chinese travelers finally arrive.

China Expands Tourism Ban to Taiwan

China is implementing a South Korea-style travel ban on Taiwan in response to a growing number of "issues" it has with Taiwan and its government.


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Scotland to have first direct flight with China
Scotland’s Edinburgh Airport will soon start service of the first direct flight between China and Scotland via Hainan Airlines. The number of Chinese tourists traveling to Scotland has been on the rise and it is hoped that the move will continue to drive tourism growth.
CAAC orders HNA to pay outstanding fuel bills
The Civial Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has ordered HNA to pay its outstanding fuel bills and airport fees. It was reported that South China Bluesky Aviation Oil delivered HNA an ultimatum that if the company did not pay its fuel bills by March 16 by 4 pm, supplies would be cut off after two days. HNA Group is currently struggling to manage its debt burden and is in the process of a sell off of its major assets to foot the bill. HNA’s outstanding fuel bill is estimated at $3 billion yuan.