China sales go tabletop

BANGKOK, 18 August 2017: Thai Hotels Association is inviting members to join a Hotels Meet Local Agents Chinese Speaking Marketplace, 1330 to 1930, 22 September.

The sales event will be held at Chaturathit and Parichart rooms, Golden Tulip Sovereign Hotel Bangkok.

THA is cooperating with the Association of Thai Travel Agents to organise the programme, which will provide opportunities for hotel and tour operators to negotiate business and exchange knowledge at tabletop sessions. Read more

Chiang Rai’s China flights take off

August 15, 2017 by  
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CHIANG RAI 15 August 2017: Thai Lion Air took off from Chiang Rai’s airport, 10 August, to establish its first international flight from this far-north town to Changsha in China.

The  Chiang Rai-Changsha flight means Chiang Rai has  four international routes serving destinations in China. The others three are Kunming, Hong Kong and Haikou with more in the pipeline.

Thai Lion Air has served the Bangkok Chiang Rai route four times daily since 2015 and now has the distinction of being the first Thai airline to fly beyond this far-north town to an international destination. Read more

Lion flies to Changsha

August 8, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 8 August 2017: Thai Lion Air will launch flights from Bangkok to Changsha in China effective 1 September.

According to the airline’s website, the new route will be served with four weekly flights departing Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, using a Boeing 737.

The service should be packed with Chinese tourist heading from Changsha, the capital of Hunan province in south central China for holidays starting in Bangkok. Read more

Cut the cost of a China visa

August 4, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 4 August 2017: China has been making it easier to travel to and through the country without any cost since last year. But the message might not be getting through.

UK’s Independent newspaper alerted UK travellers that they can now visit Shanghai stay for up to six days on what is for all intents and purposes a free transit visa. Read more

Exchanging urban for rural

August 3, 2017 by  
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HUZHOU, CHINA, 3 August 2017: Interest in Asia’s  rural tourism has spiked in recent years as a growing urban Asian population seek to escape their stressed-filled city life, through a relaxing holidays in the countryside.

Huzhou City, China, partnered with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) to host The Second International Rural Tourism Conference last month in Anji County.

During the opening ceremony, PATA chief operating officer, Dale Lawrence, presented the International Rural Tourism Destination Base Award to Anji County Magistrate Chen Yonghua. Read more

Sanya rolls out roadshows, campaign

August 3, 2017 by  
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SANYA, CHINA, 3 August 2017: A tourism promotion for Sanya was held last week in Jakarta Indonesia to attract tours to the coastal tourism resort city in south China.

Organised by the municipal government of Sanya, China, the campaign included a roadshow and business networking with 150 travel industry experts who sell and market outbound travel from Indonesia.

Sanya’s government highlighted the strong growth in international arrivals, fuelled by the growing awareness of Sanya’s scenic spots. Read more

Chinese travellers more demanding

August 2, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 2 August 2017: Chinese travellers prefer overseas travel and are interested in more diversified itineraries, according the sixth edition of the Chinese International Travel Monitor (CITM) 2017. engaged Ipsos, a world leader in market research, to conduct interviews during May 2017 with 3,000 Chinese residents, aged 18 to 54 years, who had travelled overseas in the past 12 months.

The travellers were asked about their spending patterns, travel preferences, booking methods, accommodation choices and future plans, along with many other aspects of their travel. Read more

Chinese investments under scrutiny

July 19, 2017 by  
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SHANGHAI, 19 July 2017: China plans to squeeze high-flying billionaire Wang Jianlin’s conglomerate Wanda by cutting off new loans and regulatory approvals for deals, reports said Monday, punishing it for breaching Chinese restrictions on overseas investments.

The regulatory retaliation marks a major setback for a formerly fast-expanding company that was among the most aggressive players in a flood of acquisitions around the world by Chinese companies but is now scrambling to slash debt.

Chinese regulators last year began rolling out tough restrictions to stanch the flow of money overseas, warning of “irrational” investments. Read more

Efforts to control Angkor visits

July 18, 2017 by  
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SIEM REAP, 18 July 2017: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism and China National Tourism Administration have recently discussed a proposed Comprehensive Tourism Development Plan for the Angkor Wat area.

Agence Kampuchea Presse reported that the Ministry of Tourism wanted to achieve sustainable and inclusive tourism development in response to the annual increase in visitors to Angkor, a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

There are fears that the destination will exceed an acceptable tourism capacity ceiling. Read more

Nepal attracts China airlines

July 18, 2017 by  
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NEPAL, 18 July 2017: Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has given the green light for China’s Tibet Airlines to fly a four weekly service from Chengdu to Kathmandu.

Once the new service starts Kathmandu will be served by five Chinese airlines.

Tourism officials told news channel,, that direct flights from China had resulted in a significant increase in tours from China. Read more

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