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Key Findings from the Chinese Tourism Leaders’ Dinner 2018

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Nov 2018

Key Findings from the Chinese Tourism Leaders’ Dinner 2018

During this year’s World Travel Market, we hosted our annual Chinese Tourism Leader’s Dinner in collaboration with Capela China, welcoming an audience of senior travel and tourism professionals representing UK attractions and tourist boards to discuss recent market trends and share success stories about their marketing in China. Guests included representatives from Gatwick Airport, Lake District China Forum, Marketing Manchester, London North Eastern Railway, English...

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Selecting Travel KOLs: How do we choose our bloggers?

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Aug 2018

Selecting Travel KOLs: How do we choose our bloggers?

In our last blog, we wrote about the metrics you need to understand when selecting a travel KOL. So what’s the process when our clients come to us and suggest they would like us to organise a KOL trip? Match product with skills, audience and interests The first thing we consider is the objective of the project and the product itself. When we were looking...

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Chinese KOLs – it’s not all about WeChat and Weibo

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Aug 2018

Chinese KOLs – it’s not all about WeChat and Weibo

If you are trying to decide on the right Chinese Key Opinion Leader (KOL) or travel blogger to promote your tourism brand, you may be tempted to focus only on the number of followers they have on WeChat and Weibo, China’s most popular social media platforms. However, this is not necessarily the only, or even best metric, to consider to ensure you receive the high-quality...

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A Day in the Life of Vivienne Song

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Aug 2018

A Day in the Life of Vivienne Song

Vivienne Song is China Travel Outbound’s Beijing Director. Her team of diligent, skilled, and young businesspeople collaborate closely with the Brighton team to ensure our clients receive the best possible promotion in China. Exceptionally hardworking, Vivienne is an essential member of our China Travel Outbound team.   But what is her life in China like? Vivienne, her husband, and her two adorable cats live in...

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Explaining Chinese Payment Systems – What’s the fuss about?

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Jul 2018

Explaining Chinese Payment Systems – What’s the fuss about?

Chinese mobile payment systems are more than just a modern convenience – they have a considerable impact on China’s travel and tourism industry. As we know, Chinese travellers enjoy travelling as conveniently as possible, and they dislike being overwhelmed by a destination’s cultural difference. One way a destination can demonstrate a strong “China Welcome” is by allowing visitors to purchase goods and services using popular...

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The Curious Case of Press Releases

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Jun 2018

The Curious Case of Press Releases

Press releases can be about anything that piques the interest of Chinese audiences, from quirky stories about a light show at Stonehenge, to the unique history of the UK’s most popular heritage sights. We have recently delivered two very different kinds of press release for English Heritage – one about the flamboyant Kari Kola light show at Stonehenge, and the other about the tiny Myrtle...

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China’s ski industry is taking off

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Jan 2018

China’s ski industry is taking off

The growing popularity of adventure tourism is among the factors influencing China’s recent nationwide passion for winter sports. China is due to host the Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022, and as a result, Chinese President Xi Jinping is attempting to convert 300 million Chinese people to winter sports. The 2014/2015 winter season evidenced a 21% increase in the number of visitors to China’s ski...

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What will the EU-China Tourism Year bring?

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Jan 2018

What will the EU-China Tourism Year bring?

An exciting opportunity for European tour operators is on our doorstep. How should we prepare for Europe’s improved collaboration with the Chinese travel market? It’s finally here, and it’s about time There has been an Australia-China year of tourism, as well as a US-China year, but finally it is the turn of Europe. Are they just gimmicks, or do they make a real difference? In...

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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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