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Chinese Lantern Festivals Light Up The UK

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Dec 2016

Chinese Lantern Festivals Light Up The UK

Lantern festivals and events are becoming more and more popular in the UK. We take a look at why that might be and the significance of lanterns to the Chinese. Legend of the Lantern What are lanterns? Where did they come from? How did they originate?  Obviously, lanterns are a light source that were previously used for illuminating spaces such as entranceways. They’re made with...

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Bitesize China Facts

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Oct 2016

Bitesize China Facts

There’s an abundance of insight available about the Chinese travel market and, at China Travel Outbound, we make it our business to read and analyse as much as we can. But for a bit of ‘China Lite’, we’ve pulled together a few of our favourite stats about Chinese visitors to the UK. With thanks to VisitBritain. It’s not all about the shopping Although over 60% of Chinese...

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More than 750 million Chinese expected to travel during October’s Golden Week

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Sep 2016

More than 750 million Chinese expected to travel during October’s Golden Week

Golden Week is the single biggest holiday for the Chinese and last year saw around 750 million people – half of China’s population – hit the road. While many travel domestically, increasing numbers are using this opportunity to fulfil dreams of further-flung travel. At least 4 million Chinese travelled overseas in Golden Week in 2015 and that figure is set to be surpassed this year....

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An insight into the travel of Chinese students living in the UK

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Jul 2016

An insight into the travel of Chinese students living in the UK

Guest blog by Mei Si, a Chinese student at the University of Brighton. Do parents visit during the year? June – July, and December – January are the hot seasons for Chinese parents to visit their children’s graduation ceremonies. Chinese parents are more likely to visit the UK only once in their time at university for their children’s graduation ceremony. They normally stay around few...

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China becomes one of the UK’s top 10 most valuable inbound tourism markets

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Jun 2016

China becomes one of the UK’s top 10 most valuable inbound tourism markets

2015 saw China move into the UK’s top 10 most valuable inbound tourism markets, propelled by an increase of visits vs. 2014 of +47% and an increase of spend of +18%.  This huge increase reflects an underlying growth trend over the last decade: the number of Chinese tourists coming to the UK has more than doubled since 2006 while total spend has multiplied by more...

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Gatwick-Chongqing-Tianjin flights take off today

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Jun 2016

Gatwick-Chongqing-Tianjin flights take off today

The UK’s first ever direct flights to Chongqing and Tianjin launch today with the departure of Tianjin Airlines’ Airbus A330 from Gatwick. Hainan Airlines subsidiary Tianjin Airlines will fly Gatwick-Chongqing-Tianjin twice weekly. The new route will strengthen and develop links between the destinations, and also makes it easier for Chinese visitors from these 2 cities to visit London, southeast England and further afield.  Chongqing in...

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Is your product attractive to the Chinese?

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Jun 2016

Is your product attractive to the Chinese?

In the 4th of our blogs about the challenges facing UK brands thinking about the Chinese market, I talk about clients’ concerns that they are not ready for the Chinese; that their product isn’t quite right or that their destination, attraction or hotel just isn’t appealing to Chinese tourists. Are you worried that your product isn’t attractive to the Chinese?  I meet many travel industry professionals...

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First direct flight from Manchester to mainland China takes off

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Jun 2016

First direct flight from Manchester to mainland China takes off

The first direct flights from the North to China launched today with the departure of Hainan Airlines’ inaugural Manchester to Beijing flight. Manchester becomes the only British airport outside London to have scheduled non-stop flights to China. The economic benefit to the UK is expected to be at least £250m, with 2/3 of this going directly to the Northern economy in the form of increased jobs, economic...

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Could China’s love of wine be a new source of outbound tourism?

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Jun 2016

Could China’s love of wine be a new source of outbound tourism?

In a peculiar turn of fate, China is now the world’s biggest market for red wine, surpassing France and Italy. Wine drinking is a relatively new habit in China but the nation is already the world’s 5th largest consumer of wine overall, and Alibaba expects 100 million consumers to take part in its 1st ‘Wine Day’ later this year. The global wine industry is seduced by the size of...

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Qingming Festival (Tomb-sweeping Day) April 2-4

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Mar 2016

Qingming Festival (Tomb-sweeping Day) April 2-4

Qingming Festival (also known as Pure Brightness Festival or Tomb-sweeping Day) is a Chinese festival which celebrates the beginning of the rising temperatures and increased rainfall synonymous with spring. The festival indicates the beginning of the season for agriculture, as the climate becomes better for ploughing and sowing seeds. However, the festival also has a symbolic affiliation with the paying of respects to the deceased,...

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