China Eastern spends USD10b on aircraft

May 3, 2016 by  
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BEIJING, 3 May 2016: One of China’s top airlines will split USD10 billion of new orders between European manufacturer Airbus and US-based Boeing, it said, as competition heats up for aviation market share in the world’s second-largest economy.

China Eastern Airlines said in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange that the lion’s share of the orders, nearly USD6 billion, will go to Airbus for 20 A350 aircraft.

It will also spend close to USD4 billion on 15 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. Read more

China travel accelerates

April 12, 2016 by  
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BANGKOK, 12 April 2016: About half all Chinese travellers took free-and- easy trips during the Chinese New Year holiday, last February, while the remainder travelled in tour groups according to a China Internet Watch market review.

Many overseas trips started as early as 31 January with the longest trip lasting 19 days and the shortest around three days.

During 2015 transaction values of all Chinese travel agencies was estimated at 365.29 billion yuan (USD55.88 billion) and online bookings reached about 73.55 billion yuan (USD11.25 billion) according to Read more

PATA to host AGM in China

March 5, 2014 by  
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BANGKOK, 5 March 2014: Pacific Asia Travel Association will hosts its annual general meeting and conference in Zhuhai, southern China, 16 to 18 May.

PATA CEO, Martin Craigs, announced the new venue for the 63rd AGM during an ITB event Tuesday. It was originally scheduled for New Zealand.

He explained in a letter to members, last Friday, that the executive board decided, 25 January, to bring this pivotal event back to Asia from New Zealand.

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Airbus made in China

February 28, 2014 by  
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TIANJIN, 28 February 2014: In a series of vast hangars, dozens of Chinese technicians swarm over fuselages of Airbus A320 planes that will ultimately find their way to the fleets of Chinese-owned airlines.

The nearly completed aircraft at the Airbus assembly plant in the northern city of Tianjin, an hour outside Beijing, are resplendent in the livery of their Chinese airline buyers.

Since it opened in 2008, the plant has effectively acted as a showcase for Airbus’s wares and given the European manufacturer an advantage as it competes with US arch-rival Boeing to dominate Chinese aircraft sales, Airbus officials said.

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China smog drives masks out of stock

February 27, 2014 by  
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BEIJING, 27 February 2014: China’s biggest online face-mask sellers were running out of stock Wednesday as consumers rushed to protect themselves from smog that has shrouded large swathes of northern China for an entire week.

Beijing’s official reading for PM 2.5 — small airborne particles which easily penetrate the lungs and have been linked to hundreds of thousands of premature deaths — stood at 501 micrograms per cubic metre on Wednesday afternoon. The World Health Organisation’s recommended safe limit is 25.

An alternative measure by the US embassy in Beijing said PM 2.5 levels were at 542 in the city. In Shijiazhuang in the neighbouring province of Hebei, official Chinese statistics put the figure at 661.

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China’s buyers skip travex

January 22, 2014 by  
Filed under China PRC, Malaysia, News

KUCHING, 22 January 2014: ASEAN Tourism Forum’s Travex trade show opened Wednesday without  a single buyer from mainland China or Taiwan.

Officials from Tourism Malaysia confirmed that 20 buyers from Beijing and Shanghai had been invited to attend, but they declined just a week before the ATF opened claiming it clashed with Chinese New Year celebrations. Chinese New Year begins next week.

Travex trade show component opened with just three buyers from Hong Kong.

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China law to zap zero travel

August 14, 2013 by  
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BANGKOK, 14 August 2013: Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister, Somsak Pureesrisak, is confident a Chinese government policy that curtails the sale of so-called zero-dollar tours will help to generate quality tourism.

Mr Somsak said a new tourism law that will clean up the industry will be effective 1 October, throughout China.

“The new measure should crack down on abuses and zero-dollar tours that have irked the travel industry for years,” he said.

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