The Mysterious Chinese Company Filling the Void Left by Failing Conglomerates

When asked to name some of China’s most successful companies, most people would probably name Alibaba, Tencent, as well as tech success stories like Huawei and ZTE. In travel, companies like China’s three state-owned airlines, Ctrip, and (also state-owned) Jin Jiang hotels may come to mind. As a matter of fact, big corporate in China’s … More The Mysterious Chinese Company Filling the Void Left by Failing Conglomerates

Europe Takes a Beating in Lunar New Year Travel and Shopping

Lunar New Year travel to Europe made a 180-degree turn from last year, with travel spending and visits down in key Chinese tourist destinations. This according to Global Blue, perhaps the biggest player in European tax refund, which has monitored Lunar New Year spending in Europe in recent years. In 2017, Global Blue recorded a … More Europe Takes a Beating in Lunar New Year Travel and Shopping

China Leads the Pack of World’s Fastest-growing Airports

It’s common knowledge at this point that Chinese travel is a significant growth market. The rise of Chinese tourism has been nothing but meteoric, and the almost sudden onslaught of smartphone-wielding Chinese tourists in capitals around the world is very practical evidence thereof. It goes without saying that Chinese airports have experienced years of rapid … More China Leads the Pack of World’s Fastest-growing Airports

Spending by international visitors in Finland increased by 20% in 2017

International travellers paid a record-breaking 8.3 million visits to Finland in 2017 and spent nearly €500 million more than the year before. Chinese visitors were the most extravagant, spending more than €1200 per visit. In all, international visitors brought in €4 billion in revenue comparable to export. A survey conducted by Business Finland’s Visit Finland … More Spending by international visitors in Finland increased by 20% in 2017

Helsinki Reaches out to Millions of Chinese Travellers with new Helsinki Mini Program

China is the largest outbound tourism market in the world. The cooperation between Helsinki and Tencent gives the Finnish capital a groundbreaking channel straight into the mobile devices of WeChat users. Helsinki has set itself the goal of being the most digitalised city in the world, and the cooperation with Tencent ensures that the city … More Helsinki Reaches out to Millions of Chinese Travellers with new Helsinki Mini Program

France Doubles Down on China as Tourism Recovers

After a series of unfortunate terrorist attacks back in 2015 which caused Chinese tourist arrivals in France to drop, France is making a comeback in the Chinese tourism market with a strong showing in 2017. However, returning to pre-2015 arrival numbers is not enough for France, which hopes to solidify its position as the world’s … More France Doubles Down on China as Tourism Recovers

Star Alliance creates digital services platform with Accenture

Star Alliance has developed and implemented a digital services platform (DSP) in partnership with professional services company Accenture that allows customers to access a range of member airlines’ services through each other’s apps. The DSP can gather data provided by individual member airlines or third party sources and make it available to all other members, … More Star Alliance creates digital services platform with Accenture

Finland Becomes First “All-Alipay” Destination in the World – Alipay sends eight Chinese tourists on a cashless experiment in Finland

According to Alibaba’s corporate news service, Alizila, Finland has become the first destination in the world to offer Chinese tourists an “all-Alipay” travel experience. Finland, perhaps one of the most aggressive destinations in the world in terms of rolling out Chinese-focused travel technology, is now said to have reached a level of adoption that allows … More Finland Becomes First “All-Alipay” Destination in the World – Alipay sends eight Chinese tourists on a cashless experiment in Finland

Global Tax Free Rolls Out Instant Tax Refund Through Alipay in Singapore

Things are about to get easier for Chinese travelers looking to enjoy tax refund services in Singapore. One of the main tax refund companies operating in the country is rolling out instant tax refund services processed through Alipay in a move that is likely to make tax refund easier than ever for Chinese tourists visiting … More Global Tax Free Rolls Out Instant Tax Refund Through Alipay in Singapore

Mr Trump, as you ponder a China trade war, count the US$33 billion Chinese tourists spent in America

As the administration of Donald Trump ponders how best to launch its trade war with China, maximising impact on China and minimising cost to politically important voters at home, it could do worse than pause to think about tourism. And as he and his henchmen like Robert Lighthizer fulminate about merchandise trade deficits, he may … More Mr Trump, as you ponder a China trade war, count the US$33 billion Chinese tourists spent in America