With the increasing number of Chinese tourists vacationing in international destinations, their preferences, behavior and purchasing patterns are undergoing significant changes. 1. Experience-centered Not all Chinese tourists are in it for the shopping. When planning an international trip, Chinese travelers prefer destinations with beautiful natural scenery (65% of respondents), according to McKinsey with good value […]
Outbound travel is becoming a major factor affecting the development of travel agencies and high-end tourism markets. For travel agencies, there are two types of competition that are key to value chain integration according to a recent McKinsey report. This article also shares information on outbound tourism opportunities for the travel retail and hotel industries. […]
Alipay announced the overseas transaction summary for this year’s Golden Week (October 1-7). It processed 2.2 times as many overseas in-store transactions during this year’s holiday compared to last year. Top destinations by transaction volume are Hong Kong, Thailand, and Japan.
Chinese outbound tourists went on 71.31 million person-trips in the first half of 2018 (H1 2018), up by 15% over last year. This market is expected to maintain its double-digit growth in the whole year of 2018. Thailand, Japan, Vietnam are among the most visited overseas destinations. Top domestic sources Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou retained […]
Total revenues of China’s online travel market reached 738.41 billion yuan (US$107.99 bn) in 2017, up by 25.1% over 2016. The high growth has started to slow down since 2014 and is estimated to be 12.2% by the end of 2020. On the other hand, the penetration rate of online travel is 13.3%, increased by […]
Alipay announced its partnership with Global Tax Free (“GTF”), a tax refund agency, to launch the world’s first paperless mobile tax refund function in South Korea. It simplifies the process by enabling Chinese tourists to apply for and claim tax rebates on their mobile phone app.
During this 3-day festival, China saw 89.1 million person-trips with a total tourism revenue of over US$5.5 billion, an increase of 7.3% YoY. As it coincides with the World Cup 2018, tourists from Guangdong, Hebei, Fujian, Beijing, Guizhou, and Shanghai spend the most during the World Cup. Dragon Boat Festival A total of 89.1 million person-trips […]
Customized Europe travel accounted for 10% of overall customized outbound travel with orders growing 130% in 2017 compared with the previous year, according to the latest report from Ctrip and COTRI. Find out the top source cities for custom trips to Europe, traveler preferences, and top growing cities for custom travel in China. Chinese took […]
A survey by Nielsen shows that for Chinese tourists who are generally well-off, tourist attractions and the travel experience are more important factors than the costs that might be incurred. 56% of the respondents expressed that the beauty and uniqueness of a given destination is their primary consideration, while 47% stated that safety of the […]
How much did Chinese citizens spend on travel in 2017? What type of travel products were consumed? Which cities and what kind of tours were most popular? A report published by China’s largest travel agency Ctrip reveals data on China’s travel expenditure in 2017. Travel becomes a need: 5 billion person trips spent RMB 4.57 […]
Figures published by the Chinese Aviation Administration (CAA) have made it clear that the rate of growth in international departures from Chinese airports has dropped off precipitously in 2017. On the upside, the broader economic downturn has reduced the intensity of competition in the industry and prompted travel companies to optimize their internal operations, meaning […]
During 2016, the online tourism market in China maintained steady growth over the year prior, growing much more quickly than GDP growth while increasing its overall penetration into the tourism industry as a whole. Overall, online booking of hotels and plane tickets maintained leading positions within online tourism sales, and individual travel bookings dominated the […]
As Chinese tourists spending increased in 2016, their total overseas shopping spending decreased by 17% according to consulting firm Oliver Wyman.
WeChat Pay held a WeChat Pay Overseas Open Conference in Tokyo on July 3, 2017, launching an open platform of WeChat Pay for overseas merchants.
9 out of 10 Chinese travelers are hoping to travel more frequently as compared to five years ago according to a survey by technology company Sabre.