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

Banking on Lunar New Year Travelers, Harrods Launches WeChat

Harrods has partnered with Tencent’s strategic partner My Money to roll out the WeChat digital payment system at Harrods Knightsbridge and its airport retail stores, just in time for the Lunar New Year holiday. WeChat pay is ubiquitous in China. It allows users to instantly send money to their contacts or, by scanning a QR … More Banking on Lunar New Year Travelers, Harrods Launches WeChat

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

What Governments Should Do to Attract More Chinese Travelers

There’s only so much a single business can do to attract more Chinese travelers to its hotels, shops, tourist attractions, or tour services. At a certain point, it doesn’t matter what a business does next: Chinese customers will be limited at a macro level, whether it’s because of a limited number of flights from China, … More What Governments Should Do to Attract More Chinese Travelers

Chinese Travel is Transforming Consumer Technology

It’s hard to understate the transformative power of Chinese travel. The rise of Chinese tourism, both in the number of tourists and spending, is forcing destinations and tourism firms around the world reorient their priorities. But it’s also spurring a transformation in different fields of consumer technology not directly connected to tourism. Read More – … More Chinese Travel is Transforming Consumer Technology

Which U.S. States Are Engaging Best With Chinese Tourists

With China now the world’s most important tourist source market, U.S. cities and states need to be able to reach out to Chinese tourists to cultivate and maintain their brands abroad. However, most states have done quite poorly so far in this endeavor while others are embracing Chinese web and social media resources. Essential to … More Which U.S. States Are Engaging Best With Chinese Tourists

Even with Cathay’s Woes, Qatar Airways Invests $662 Million

Cathay has long been a staple of East Asia travel because of its higher quality, premium experience. Unfortunately for Hong Kong’s flag carrier, this has not helped it stay competitive, as growing outbound Chinese travel has boosted other carriers, especially domestic Chinese airlines and budget carriers. Cathay is has been called “analysts’ least favorite airline.” … More Even with Cathay’s Woes, Qatar Airways Invests $662 Million