After the United Nations World Tourism Organization reported that Chinese travelers account for a fifth of global travel spending, destinations may want to find better strategies for attracting these sightseers. Not everyone is necessarily ready for an influx of Chinese travelers, however, and some destinations might simply need to re-evaluate what they thought they knew about this thriving market.
Here’s Jing Travel’s weekly guide to stories (including our own) that give insight into Chinese travel trends and how they affect the industry’s main players.
Is Laos ready for an influx of Chinese tourists? With construction beginning last year, the opening of a new China-Laos high-speed railway in 2021 has some Laotian residents and businesses concerned that their country isn’t ready for more Chinese tourists, says the South China Morning Post. In particular, UNESCO World Heritage Site Luang Prabang worries that the train stop will disturb the town’s quiet appeal. Chinese tourists already account for 11 percent of tourists to Laos.
U.S. tourism may be overlooking Chinese students: Chinese student enrollment is down at American universities thanks to the “Trump Effect,” but study tours and campus visits are still proving lucrative for the travel industry. But are both governments hurting potential earnings?
Shanghai’s duty-free shopping stays local: Both of Shanghai’s airports extended the current duty-free services contract with local company Sunrise Duty Free through 2025. The goal? To foster a “Shanghai shopping” brand.
China is driving growth in airline pilot hiring: Boeing estimates that Asia will need 12,000 new airline pilots yearly to meet the continent’s booming tourism demands, says Simple Flying. China, of course, is the driving force behind this massive growth, as more Chinese travelers are opting to fly both nationally and abroad.
China’s domestic travel industry is still booming: Tourists aren’t only interested in international travel, it seems. China’s railways recorded more than 650 million trips in the span of 62 days this summer, Sina reported (in Chinese).