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  • VC Watch: Chinese Rival To Airbnb Gets $300 Mln In Funding

    UNITED STATES, 2017/10/12 Airbnb's biggest rival in China,, has raised $300 million in funding from investors as part of its efforts to expand rapidly and tap growing request from Chinese tourists holidaying around the world. The new funding values Tujia at $1.5 billion, compared to the valuation of $1 billion at the same time as the Beijing-based startup last raised funding in 2015. The investment round was led by online travel giant International Ltd. and All-Stars Investment Ltd. China Renaissance's New Economy Fund and Glade Brook Capital, by presently an investor in Airbnb, as well took part in the funding along with G Street Capital.
  • India: Seat of spiritual tourism

    INDIA, 2017/09/10 An Indian government plan to develop Buddhism circuits took place over 3 days of full immersion in spiritual event performances and hospitality. The National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) plan includes the launch of a Buddhist heritage and pilgrim sites project of India. The rationale of the PRASAD project states: “Pilgrimage tourism is a form of tourism motivated half or all by religious sentiments.”
  • 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.
  • Alpico Group Japan Unveiling the many faces of a beautiful country

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  • 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.
  • India wants a bigger slice of the wedding tourism cake

    INDIA, 2017/05/29 India wants to get a larger slice of the growing wedding tourism cake, but this will need better efforts, both at domestic and international levels. Destinations and venues are plentiful, but connecting the dots and bringing the a lot of service providers together is significant, said Suman Billa, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism in New Delhi, while opening the two-day Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Wedding Tourism Summit on May 25. He told buyers and sellers at the initial conference of its kind that an action plan was required to develop this significant market and to boost arrivals on the whole.
  • Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is arranging a one-day tourism seminar

    THAILAND, 2017/05/29 The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is arranging a one-day tourism seminar, to be held concurrently with the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2017 which will take place from 14-16 June in Chiang Mai. The forum, scheduled on 16 June, is being organised with the objective of strengthening the competitiveness of the Thai tourism industry. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “This seminar forms part of the TAT Academy’s mission to help enhance Thai tourism personnel and market competitiveness inclunding to attract a new workforce for this growing industry. Sessions are carefully planned to ensure useful learning and knowledge sharing opportunities from senior tourism officials and experienced hospitality professionals. At the end of this one-day event, we hope participants will learn new perspectives in the field of tourism and travel in the digital era within the Royal Thai Government’s Thailand 4.0 smart-economy framework.”
  • BestCities sees opportunity at 2017 Global Forum Tokyo

    JAPAN, 2017/05/29 BestCities World Alliance is set to champion inclusivity and multi-culturalism within the business tourism industry in 2017 and beyond, following the announcement Building World Connections Across Cultures will be the core theme underlying this year’s BestCities World Forum, taking place in Tokyo 4-7 December 2017. Building on the 100% delegate success ratings in Dubai 2016, the second BestCities World Forum will be hosted in partnership with the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB). The impressive programme of education, insight and networking, is by presently shaping up to be this year’s must-attend event for senior international association conference planners, looking to increase the positive impact of their meetings.
  • 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.“
  • loop shows the prospects of the luxury travel industry

    WORLD, 2017/03/05 In a few days. the luxury travel equitable loop opens its doors in Frankfurt am Major. From March 26-29, 2017, Frankfurt will transform into a mecca for the international luxury tourism industry. Germany's only luxury exhibition “loop - Luxury on our Planet” opens the floor for 100 international renowned hoteliers, hotel owners and providers of tourist luxury products to meet with 100 interested buyers from the German-speaking market. “loop brings the right people together at the right place and creates a vibrant community for travel agencies and even small niche operators and providers. The concept of the exhibition is designed to increase sales and compress time resources. In order to reach the same number of personal appointments as at the equitable, suppliers and retailers would normally require six months and would generate enormous travel expenses,” says Astrid Oberhummer, Founder and Organizer of loop.