Archive for the ‘China Outbound Tourism’ Category

Chinas visa restriction policy

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

I know I have not written for a long time. But due to my private life I was not able to constantly write in this blog. I will try to post every now and than an hopfully intersting post.

Chinas visa policy is, due to the World Economic Forum, very strict (China mainland ranks 128th).
Never the less the outbound tourism sector increases every year. Last year 45 million Chinese tourists traveled to foreign countries which is an increase of incredible 12 per cent.

If the visa policy’s for inbound and outbound Tourism in China lightens, it is very likely that the number of outbound tourist would even increase far more.
The impact on inbound tourist would not be that strong, because the traveling decision of foreign travelers does not depend that strong on the visa policies.

The question is, why should the Chinese Government lighten the visa policy, if only the foreign countries gain profits from the Chinese tourists?

Chinese Outbound Tourism Spendings

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Today a short news I have read on china view about the spendings of Chinese outbound Tourists. Besides the regional differences due to Nielson, I think it is not surprising, that the Chinese Tourist spends 2,597 to 3,506 U.S. dollars. I am asking myself if this amount has really increased?

Actually with the weak dollar these days statistics based on the US Dollar should be evaluated carefully.

CNTA announced first tour group to USA in June 2008

Monday, March 10th, 2008

After the new ADS (Approved Destination Status) agreement between China and the United States of America finally follows the first group of tourists.

Zhang Xiqin, vice director of the CNTA, expects the first groups of Chinese tourists to arrive in the USA in June 2008. Due to Zhang there are still some details to be negotiated between China and the U.S..

Who thought that their will be an ADS-Agreement between this two states at all and now it is nearly settled. Allowing tourism groups to travel to the United States seems to be another strong signal for the further growth of the Chinese outbound tourism market.

Mainland Chinese Outbound Tourists to Japan on third place

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

The Japanese government plans to achieve 10 million tourist in 2010 and strengthen their tourism industry as a strategic industry. Focusing on this goal with the main target market in Asia, their have been cooperation’s with China, like the development of the air transport.

In 2007 Japan’s international tourists increased by 14% to a total of 8.35 million visitors. Due to the Japan National Tourist Organization, the majority have been from South Korea with 2.6 million, an 22% increase, on second place are the tourist from Taiwan with 1.39 million, followed by Chinese Mainland visitors with 943,000 tourists an increase of 16%.

This also shows a strong growth of the Chinese outbound tourism market in Asian tourism destinations. We can expect even further growth with the continuing development of the Chinese tourism markets.

34 million Chinese outbound tourists in 2006

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

In the year 2006, according to official statistics, approximately 34 million Chinese tourists went abroad. This made China the largest outbound travel market in whole Asia. This year’s tourists are still increasing. In the first half of 2007 the outbound travel market has increased by 14.04%.

Six more Countries gain ADS

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

The China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) approved six more countries as destinations for Chinese tourists from October 15th 2007.

According to the CNTA the six new ADS-Countries are: Oman, Morocco, Monaco, Syria, Namibia and Bulgaria.

China had 132 Approved Destination Status countries and regions at the end of 2006. The 132 ADS-Countries include approx. 86 countries which are open for Chinese tourist groups.

CNTA fights against zero-fee tours

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

Right after the SARS epidemic in 2003 started so called “zero-fee” package tours because of the severe drop of travellers. Zero-fee tours are cheaper than the basic costs of transportation, accommodation and attraction tickets. In order to regain the losses, tour guides get high provisions from different shops.

This practice obviously damages the Chinese tourism market, says Shao Qiwei, director of the CNTA. From 2006 CNTA has taken action to end the illegal activity of travel agencies and tour guides, which lead to a total fine of RMB 20 million. Shao Qiwei also said that the CNTA will pursue their course to clean up the travel market of “zero-fee” package tours.

This is a good example why it will be very difficult for foreign travel companies to enter the price driven Chinese tourism market. The price seems to be one of the most important factors for Chinese tourists.

Tour operators in China

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

In China the tour operators have different authorisations to handle tourists. Therefore they are separated in three classes of tour operators:

  1. IATA tour operators who can perform outbound-, inbound- and domestic tourism in China. In 2003 their have been round about 500 tour operators of this class.
  2. International tour operators who can treat inbound and domestic tourists. In 2002 their have been round about1200 tour operators of this class
  3. National tour operators who can work only on the domestic tourism market. In 2002 their have been 10.203 from this kind of tour operators.

The first official list of Chinese outbound IATA tour operators have been published in the year 2000 from the CNTA.

PATA choses new Chairman

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has chosen Brian Deeson to be the new Chairman of the association. Brian Deeson is living and working in Shanghai. He thinks that the most challenging problems for the travel industry are the human resource shortages and of course the global warming.

I think mentioning these problems could help finding solutions to do something for the world and the industry on the same time.

More information about Brian Deeson could be found on China Hospitality News.
eeson, who is CEO, Greater China and senior vice president, Asia Pacific for the Accor hotel group, told the group’s Annual General Meeting in Vancouver that global warming and human resource shortages were the two biggest challenges facing the industry.

Partnership between COTTM and ATA

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Close to the next event from China Outbound Travel & Tourism Market (COTTM) in May they announced a new partnership with the Africa Travel Association (ATA). The goal is to enhance relationships and build a stronger network between the Chinese travel industry and African tourism destinations (There are more than 26 African nations with ADS status).

Following the new partnership their will be a significant number of exhibitors from Africa at the COTTM exhibition in Beijing from May 14th till 16th. Exhibitors from various fields of tourism will be expected: Safari organizers, hotel groups from different African countries, travel agencies and tourism authorities.