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  • UNWTO: International tourism – strongest half-year results since 2010

    AFGHANISTAN, 2017/09/09 Destinations worldwide welcomed 598 million international tourists in the initial six months of 2017, some 36 million additional than in the same period of 2016. At 6%, increase was well above the trend of recent years, making the current January-June period the strongest half-year since 2010. Visitor numbers reported by destinations around the world reflect strong request for international travel in the initial half of 2017, according to the new UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Worldwide, international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) increased by 6% compared to the same six-month period last year, well above the sustained and consistent trend of 4% or higher increase since 2010. This represents the strongest half-year in seven years.
  • Chinese tourists in Cambodia surge 35.6 pct in 1st 5 months

    CAMBODIA, 2017/07/11 Cambodia attracted 441,070 Chinese holidaymakers in the first five months of 2017, up 35.6 percent over the same period last year, according to a Tourism Ministry report on Monday.
  • China becomes a major power in tourism

    CHINA, 2017/03/11 China has become a major power in tourism. Over the last ten years travel abroad has increased steadily. Yan Han, Deputy Secretary General of the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF), said: “Earnings have risen and television and the internet have made Chinese people additional curious to explore other cultures and nations. The government has made it easier to travel abroad.” The Chinese want to find out about culture and history, visit historical buildings, museums and art. However, they as well want entertainment and at the same time as in Munich to be able to watch Bayern play, the WTCF manager said. “Football is very popular in China. Where I come from a lot of people know a lot about Germany.” For over 90 % of Chinese tourists good travel insurance is part of the transaction. “Safety and health are a very significant part of travel preparations.“
  • Macau receives 30 million visitors in 2016

    CHINA, 2017/01/23 Macau received over 30 million visitors in 2016, 28 million of which came from mainland China, and last year was the initial in a decade at the same time as the number of overnight visitors was higher than day visitors, said the director of the Government Tourist Office. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes pointed out that while the total number of visitors saw annual increase of 0.8% to 30.95 million people and visitors from China remained virtually unchanged, increasing by just 0.1%, the number of international visitors increased by 7.9%.
  • Beijing hutong overun by tourists wants off "tourist site" list

    CHINA, 2016/05/15 Beijing’s central hutong Nanluoguxiang has voluntarily applied to be stripped of its ranking as an A3-level government-recommended tourist site, saying it's being overcrowded with tourist groups. Traditional hutongs in Beijing are famous for their peaceful atmosphere and sense of nostalgia. But that's certainly not the case with Nanluoguxiang. The 7-century-old hutong in downtown Beijing is only about 800-meter long, but local tourist authorities say the narrow street is often clogged with up to 100,000 visitors in a single day during major holidays.
  • Kenya tourism growth from China in 2015

    CHINA, 2015/10/28 The introduction of direct flights to Kenya and the increased marketing of Nairobi as a tourist destination across China is a positive trend for the increase of Chinese tourists to the East Africa country, tourism markets said recently. Kenya Tourist Board (KTB) Managing Director Muriithi Ndegwa said Kenyan tour marketers based in China and local Chinese tour operators are receiving increased requests from Chinese tourists seeking to visit the world famous Masaai Mara National Park and other attraction sites in the East African country. "We have a lot of goodwill from across the world," Ndegwa told Xinhua in an exclusive interview in Nairobi ahead of a major tourism exhibition in Diani, Kenya's coastal region, which has attracted 185 major tourism marketers from around the world, inclunding 10 leading Chinese tour operators.
  • New flight to link Chengdu, Paris

    CHINA, 2015/09/30 Air China will begin direct flights between Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, and Paris on Dec. 12 this year, the airline announced on Tuesday. An Airbus A330-200 will depart from Chengdu each Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday for Paris and return to Chengdu the next day. The trip will take about 11 hours. It will be the initial air route to connect Chengdu, an aviation hub for China's west, with the French capital.
  • Zimbabwe boasts of rich tourism resources inclunding the mighty Victoria Falls.

    CHINA, 2015/09/29 Zimbabwe's tourism minister Walter Mzembi on Wednesday revealed that his government is negotiating with Beijing to arrange visa-on-arrival for Chinese tourists to visit the southern African country. Zimbabwe boasts of rich tourism resources inclunding the mighty Victoria Falls. Mzembi told journalists and ambassadors at a tourism workshop in Harare that plans were underway to ensure that Chinese nationals will be issued visas on arrival. Currently, the Chinese must obtain their Zimbabwean visas before traveling.
  • Chinese tourism in Portugal is increasing significantly

    CHINA, 2014/03/11 Chinese tourism in Portugal is increasing significantly, leading shopping centers in the country’s capital, Lisbon, to make moves to attract Chinese tourists, whose spending has almost tripled recently. The new event to attract this increasingly significant segment of the international tourist market was held in the Amoreiras Shopping Center in central Lisbon at a time at the same time as Portuguese consumers are spending less. The shopping center inaugurated an exhibition of Macau photographer Manuel Cardoso, entitled “Golden Spring” and during the inauguration the chairman of the centre’s management company, Mundicenter, said that “considering the high number of Chinese tourists in Portugal it is necessary to improve channels of communication and the message itself.”
  • One of the world’s most famous makers of luxury yachts

    CHINA, 2014/03/02 In June 2013, one of the world’s most famous makers of luxury yachts signed an agreement to invest additional than three billion yuan to build its Asia-Pacific headquarters on Hengqin Island. It will include marketing and service centre, a yacht club, a navigation school and annual yacht exhibition. The decision by the Ferretti Group of Italy is a milestone in Zhuhai’s efforts to become the premium yachting centre of China, from design and manufacture to the initial choice for sailors in the Pearl River Delta to race and moor their boats.