Thai Lion links Chiang Mai and Chengdu

September 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

CHIANG MAI, 11 September 2017: Thai Lion Air has opened bookings for a new route linking Chiang Mai in North Thailand with Chengdu in China, effective 23 September.

The airline, that competes head-on with Thai AirAsia in Thailand, will use a Boeing 737-800 aircraft for the three weekly flights.

Most of the sales will go to Chinese tour operators that offer cheap package holidays to North Thailand, using  Chiang Mai as the gateway. Read more

Wharf opens in Chongqing

September 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

HONG KONG, 11 September 2017: Wharf Hotels opened Niccolo Chongqing, 8 September, in the mountain city of Southwest China.

The latest in the Niccolo collection is a member of Global Hotel Alliance’s Ultratravel Collection.

The city’s international sky hotel is located in the heart of Jiangbeizui, Chongqing’s new Central Business District. Read more

Traveltek opens shop in Hong Kong

September 7, 2017 by  
Filed under cruises, News, North Asia, Technology

HONG KONG, 7 September, 2017: UK-based Traveltek Group has made its debut in North Asia, opening an office in Hong Kong to sell its dynamic packaging and cruise booking technology.

Asia’s cruise industry is growing rapidly, with passenger numbers from the region rocketing 40% from 774,536 in 2012 to 2.08 million in 2015, according to Cruise Lines International Association figures.

China was the biggest source market by far, accounting for 47.4% of total passenger volume. Read more

TAT adds We Chat channel

September 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Thailand

TAT’s deputy governor for marketing communications Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, (Left) and Emporium and the EmQuartier shopping malls deputy managing director Manatase Annanwat (Right) announcing the launch of WeChat ‘Visit Thailand’ application 5 September at the EmQuartier.

BANGKOK, 7 September 2017:  We Chat for Chinese tourists visiting Thailand is up and running courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

This week, TAT added the popular Mandarin Chinese social media platform to existing Thailand visitor information services available visitors from mainland China.

TAT’s information support network also includes  the Call Centre 1672 and the online TAT Contact Centre, available in Mandarin Chinese. Read more

China hosts 22nd UNWTO assembly

September 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, North Asia

MADRID, 6 September 2017: China for will host the global UNWTO General Assembly, next week, which is expected to attract more 1,000 delegates representing government tourist departments and ministries.

The bi-annual event takes place in Chengdu, China 11 to 16 September to discuss how tourism can contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The agenda will also include plans for the Organization for 2018 to 2019 including the official announcement on the appointment of new secretary general that is waiting assembly approval. Read more

China attracts ASEAN interest

September 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, North Asia

GUANGZHOU, China, 5 September 2017: The China (Guangdong) International Tourism Industry Expo 2017 (CITIE) will open 8 September at the China Import and Export Fair Complex, here in Guangzhou.

By the time the expo closes, 10 September, the organisers promise business transactions will have been concluded that will tap China’s vast outbound travel market particular for Asian destinations.

Show organisers confirmed more than 4,500 booths have booked 90,000 m2 of exhibition space presenting travel content from 55 countries and 22 Chinese provinces, and autonomous regions. Read more

THAI sets up Alitrip online sales

September 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Thailand

BANGKOK, 5 September 2017: Thai Airways International opened its first THAI online Flagship Store last week, in China through the Fliggy sales platform run under  Alitrip and the Alibaba Group.

THAI’s acting president, Usanee Sangsingkeo (third from left), presided over the opening of the online store.

Also attending the launch: Wells Zheng (fourth from left), vice president of Fliggy (Alitrip), along with Alibaba Group representatives, members of THAI Management and Kittiphong Sansomboon (Fifth from left), THAI Regional Director, Greater China. Read more

Ctrip talks to BRICS

September 5, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

XIAMEN, China, 5 September 2017:  Ctrip CEO Jane Jie Sun attended the 9th BRICS Business Forum hosted by President Xi Jinping in Xiamen, Monday.

She delivered a speech to more than 500 representatives from Chinese and overseas business communities and presented tourism’s message to BRICS governments that it is the “new engine driving the world’s economic recovery.”

“Tourism serves as a bridge between China and other members of BRICS, as well as the rest of the world, to foster harmonious ties between people around the world, she told the gathering Read more

New service to unlock China travel data

September 5, 2017 by  
Filed under North Asia, TRENDING

LONDON, 5 September 2017: Businesses looking for much-needed data on Chinese travel patterns will soon be able to access analysis from two leading companies in the field – ForwardKeys and COTRI China Outbound Tourism Research Institute.

Both organisations are already supplying considerable intelligence on Chinese travel.

ForwardKeys predicts future global travel patterns by analysing over 17 million booking transactions a day. COTRI is the leading independent research institute for information, training, quality assessment and consultancy relating to the Chinese outbound tourism market. Read more

Air China flies nonstop to Jakarta

September 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

BEIJING, 5 September 2017, Air China will launch a new nonstop service between Beijing and Jakarta, 26 September.

The current service to Beijing makes a stop in Xiamen, and has a end-to-end flight time of 9.5 hours.

However, flying the route nonstop to Beijing and using an Airbus A330-300 aircraft, will cut the flight time to just seven hours. Read more

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