China


How to set up a WeChat business account for your tourism brand

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Aug 2017

How to set up a WeChat business account for your tourism brand

For those new to the Chinese market, WeChat might seem confusing. However with many Western social media platforms being inaccessible in China, WeChat takes centre stage. If you’re asking what WeChat is, what you can do on it, how big it is, look no further. We’ve put together a little introductory guide to WeChat for you. WeChat explained WeChat is a mobile text and voice...

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A Chinese mother and daughter sitting at a table, enjoying an evening meal at Bicester Hotel restaurant.

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Jul 2017

Marketing your restaurant to Chinese tourists

In 2015, Chinese travellers spent a whopping £586 million in the UK with an average spend of £2,174 per person – that’s 3.5 times the average of the average tourist. And, according to Hotels.com, 59% of their budget goes on food and drink. Food and drink is an important consideration when selecting a holiday destination; the a top three consideration in fact. Furthermore, dining out in restaurants tops...

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Chinese media event for VisitBrighton

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Jul 2017

Chinese media event for VisitBrighton

When we organise media events for our clients, our priority is to ensure that the events are memorable, enjoyable, informative and value for money. Instead of a presentation in a bland hotel room, we decided to take over a silversmith workshop in downtown Beijing for our latest event for our client, VisitBrighton. Our guests included journalists from digital and offline travel and lifestyle media, including sina.com,...

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A Chinese couple shopping in Guidlford High Street

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Jul 2017

Is the rise of Chinese travel to the UK unstoppable?

It’s hardly a secret that Chinese tourists stay longer (twice as long) and spend more (3½ times more) than the average visitor to the UK. This long-staying, high-spending market is moving up every tourism provider’s priority list as the value of China’s growing outbound travel market – which already stood at 120 million in 2016 – becomes abundantly clear. Chinese tourism to the UK increased...

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5 ways to market your hotel to the Chinese

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Jun 2017

5 ways to market your hotel to the Chinese

Now that your hotel is Chinese-friendly, what are the key steps to promote yourself to the Chinese? We look at the top 5 ways to market your hotel. Unlock the power of China’s travel trade The Chinese travel industry landscape is complicated. More than 27,000 bricks & mortar travel agents hold the key to many of the bookings by first-time overseas holidaymakers, while the two largest...

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Chinese visits to Royal Museums Greenwich up 74%

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Jun 2017

Chinese visits to Royal Museums Greenwich up 74%

Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) today announced results of its annual international visitor survey, which reveals a 74% increase year-on-year in Chinese visitors. The figures also show the Chinese taking a larger share of the international market, making up 8.3% of all overseas visitors to RMG in 2016/17, compared to 4.9% in 2015/16. In recognition of the opportunity presented by the growth in Chinese inbound visitors...

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Vivienne takes her parents to Chiang Mai and learns Thai Boxing

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Jun 2017

Vivienne takes her parents to Chiang Mai and learns Thai Boxing

China Travel Outbound’s Beijing Director, Vivienne, travelled to Thailand last week on holiday. Like a growing number of Chinese 30-somethings, she took her parents with her, and immersed herself in the experiences offered in Chiang Mai. Here she tells us why there’s a huge growth in multi-generational travel and how experiential holidays are important to the Chinese. I recently journeyed with my parents to Chiang Mai...

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A short guide to Chinese KOLs

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May 2017

A short guide to Chinese KOLs

The rise of the Chinese KOL has been widely documented, but in order to understand how you might use them as part of your marketing tool kit, you should first understand who they are, what they do, how they work, and their potential and pitfalls. We’ve put together a short guide to help and ask whether they are still worth considering or have had their day. What is a...

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How to attract Chinese tourists to your destination

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Apr 2017

How to attract Chinese tourists to your destination

As Chinese outbound tourists travel further and more frequently, competition to attract these high-spending visitors intensifies. From the China-Australia Tourism Year to Mandarin-speaking wine educators in California’s Napa Valley, sometimes it seems as if every destination, visitor attraction and hotel chain is targeting Chinese tourists. And yet the number of destinations which truly excel in appealing to the Chinese is small. That means there’s a...

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China’s ageing population: a new market for tourism?

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Mar 2017

China’s ageing population: a new market for tourism?

1.373 billion. China’s current population – one that is now deemed as ageing. A country that used to have a 43 year average life expectancy now has a 74.7 year average. China clearly must be doing something right, especially with about 30% of the population being over the age of 50. This figure speaks volumes about China’s continuing improvement in a number of areas. First...

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