Tourism Features Prominently in Beijing’s Strategic Long-term Middle East Goals

In China’s quest for global influence, the Middle East has increasingly taken on increased importance. This is in part an effort to acquire strategically important natural resources, namely fossil fuels. However, fundamentally this new Middle East focus is also an effort to facilitate the consolidation of Chinese economic and political influence globally, China’s Belt & … More Tourism Features Prominently in Beijing’s Strategic Long-term Middle East Goals

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

Sino-U.S. Trade War: What the Travel Industry Needs to Know

It has been a long time coming, and now it finally happened: the United States is imposing tariffs on as much as $60 billion worth of Chinese goods, and China swiftly retaliated with a proposal to impose tariffs on $3 billion worth of U.S. goods. While it still remains unclear where this will eventually take … More Sino-U.S. Trade War: What the Travel Industry Needs to Know

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

Why Chinese Tourism to the United States is Safe from a Trade War

With President’s Trump decision to defy opposition from his own party and proceed with stiff tariffs on imported steel and aluminum in the name of protecting U.S. industry and national security, the question of a trade war is once again relevant. In response to the new tariffs, China announced that it’ll take “effective measures to … More Why Chinese Tourism to the United States is Safe from a Trade War

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

China’s Misguided Tourism Ambitions for French President’s Visit

French President Emmanuel Macron is making his first state visit to China from Monday to Wednesday this week, in what both French businesses and Chinese authorities hope will be a productive visit in promoting trade and improved EU-China relations. While certainly not explicitly focused on tourism, the visit brings with it the ambitions of tourism … More China’s Misguided Tourism Ambitions for French President’s Visit

New Anti-corruption $15,000 Withdrawal Cap Could Benefit Tourism Stakeholders

The Chinese government has instituted a new annual limit on the amount of money that can be withdrawn from personal Chinese bank accounts overseas, set at $15,000 (100,000 yuan). The move is an attempt to curb money laundering, terrorism financing, and tax evasion. In the past, anti-corruption policies have caused substantial damage to both the … More New Anti-corruption $15,000 Withdrawal Cap Could Benefit Tourism Stakeholders