May 2013 E-Newsletter

News from China National Tourist Office

Message from CNTO

Greetings, travel industry friends! Exciting news: We have recently launched the China National Tourist Office (CNTO) tour operator vacation package platform, which allows tour operators to submit their China tour packages to the CNTO website (www.cnto.org). Tour operators also can add new packages themselves or edit currently listed tour packages. We invite you, our partner tour operators, to list your tours on the site or make edits to packages that you already have listed. For more information about how to do so, please contact Fan Si, Asia Account Executive, Partner Concepts, at fan@partnerconcepts.com.

We also wanted to address recent reports about bird flu and the earthquake in Sichuan. The local and central government in China has been working to report clearly what’s happening in China, and we want to emphasize that the major tourist destinations of China have not received any warnings from the CDC, World Health Organization or the like, and are "open for business"! We hope that you will convey this to your clients and that travel to China will continue as safely and enjoyably as usual.

Thank you for your support in providing and promoting travel to China!

Beautiful China

China National Tourist Office, New York
370 Lexington Ave. #912
New York, NY 10017
Email: ny@cnto.org


Director Yaping Xue

 


Contents

Message from CNTO

CNTO Study on Tourism to China

China Travel News

Upcoming Events and Festivals

Partner Travel Supplier News

New Tourism Developments

Culture Corner


CNTO Study on Tourism to China

As we’ve noted in past newsletters, the China National Tourist Office (CNTO), through PhoCusWright, fielded a survey of 30,513 individuals, targeting U.S. adults who have traveled to Asia in the past two years or who are likely to travel again in the next two years. As promised, we will continue to share the results of this survey over the course of this year. This month we would like to share numbers about the types of visits to China from the U.S.

China Tourism Statistics

Interpretation: Among travelers who have been to China in the last two years, the overwhelming majority of travelers were there for leisure. Interestingly, the next largest group of travelers visited China for business (39 percent), but only 19 percents of business travelers visited China without then extending their trip to include leisure travel. This means that tour operators have a huge opportunity to sell to both leisure travelers and travelers who are first visiting China for business.


China Travel News

Beautiful ChinaChina on Track to Become World’s Top Tourism Destination by 2015
France, the U.S. and Spain are currently the world’s largest tourism destinations, with China coming in as the fourth-most popular. But, with the huge recent growth in travel to China, the sheer size of the country and the many exciting attractions found throughout the destination, the United Nations World Tourism Organization predicts that China will become the world’s largest tourist destination by 2015… Making now an ideal time to start or continue promoting travel to China!

ShanghaiCNN Highlights Family-Friendly Activities in China
For your clients interested in traveling with children, China may seem like a far-flung destination. But, as CNN described in their recent “China with children” article, there are many activities throughout China to keep kids awed and entertained. If simply standing atop the famous Great Wall is not enough to impress a cranky kiddo, perhaps a 723-meter-long ski lift ride to the top will be, or even tobogganing down to the valley via a 1,580-meter track. Throw in hugging a panda bear, eating a scorpion or doing Kung Fu where it was invented, and your clients’ families will be thrilled. To read about other kid-friendly activities in China, see the article here.

Beautiful ChinaUN World Tourism Organization Chief Commends New Chinese Tourism Law
After nearly 30 years in the works, China recently passed a law to address tourism issues, protect the interests of tourists to China and foster the industry’s growth sustainably. The Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, Taleb Rifai, hailed the new law, stating that it will “lay a solid institutional foundation for China’s tourism.” To read more about Rifai’s comments or about the law itself, go to http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2013-05/01/content_16464817.htm.


Upcoming Events and Festivals in China

GBTADragon Boat Festival — June 10-12, 2013
Dragon Boat Festivals have been held annually in China for more than 2,000 years. Celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar — which is June 12 this year — the festivals commemorate the patriotic poet Qu Yuan (340-278 BC) and have much historic, educational and patriotic significance. Dragon Boat Festivals are celebrated all over China, but especially in cities along the water. The festivals make for an excellent reason for North Americans to visit: dragon boat racing — particularly along the Yangtze River, eating zongzi (rice dumplings) and other celebratory activities are a must-see and do.

NBAShoton Festival in Tibet — August 6
“Shoton” in Tibetan means “sour milk banquet,” though this festival is anything but sour. Though it takes its name from the yogurt that is cultivated, eaten and offered as alms during this time of year, exhibitions with paintings of Buddha, Tibetan operas, gala parties, and even horse and yak racing, also occur during the August festival. The weather in Tibet in the summer is usually quite ideal and it is peak season for tourism to this region, so booking in advance is much advised. For more information on the Shoton Festival, go to http://www.shotonfestival.com/tour/#.UYvDvyt4aag.


Partner Travel Supplier News

New Nonstop Flights Planned between Honolulu and Beijing
Hawaiian Airlines plans to launch nonstop service between Honolulu, Hawaii and Beijing, China starting April 16, 2014. The new service will be slated to run three times a week, departing Honolulu at 1:30pm and arriving in Beijing at 7:30pm the following day, or departing Beijing at 9:30pm and arriving in Honolulu at 1:05pm the same day.

China AirFirst Roundtrip World Cruise from China Sets Sail in 2014
Costa Cruises will offer the first roundtrip world cruise from China starting in 2014. The 2,680-passenger ship Costa Atlantica will depart from Shanghai on March 22, 2014, and will span five continents, three oceans, and calls at 23 destinations during this 83-day cruise. Costa Cruises will partner with Shanghai Airline Tours to offer this epic vacation. For more information on this and other cruises in China, visit www.costacruises.com.

Century CruisesHainan Airlines Honored as Skytrax Five-Star Airline for Third Year in a Row
Skytrax, a non-profit airline research and ranking organization, recently awarded China’s Hainan Airlines five-star status for the third year in a row. In 2010, the airlines applied for the five-star rating from Skytrax, which requires a comprehensive performance evaluation, and has received the ranking each year since. To read more about Hainan Airlines, its services, or to book a flight to China aboard Hainan Airlines, go to http://www.hnair.com/.


New Tourism Developments

W GuangzhouHyatt Announces Plans for a Grand Hyatt Hotel in Changsha
The Hyatt Hotels Corporation recently announced plans to build a Grand Hyatt in Changsha in the Hunan Province in central China. The Grand Hyatt Changsha will be located in “The Central,” a mixed-use complex of high-end residences, offices and shopping facilities. Situated on the upper floors of a skyscraper, the hotel will boast unobstructed views of the city and river and an ideal central location within Changsha.

CrowneChina’s First Crowne Plaza Opens in Xishuangbanna
Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) recently opened the 520-room Crowne Plaza Resort Xishuangbanna in Yunnan Province, a southwestern province in China near the border of Myanmar and Laos. The opening of this Xishuangbanna hotel marks the company’s first Crowne Plaza Resort in China. The Crowne Plaza Resort Xishuangbanna has a wide range of room types and suites featuring large balconies with views of the resort’s extensive tropical gardens. Six restaurants and bars, a fitness center, heated indoor pool, an outdoor pool that flows throughout the grounds of the resort, complimentary kids club, tennis courts and private shade retreats complete the resort’s leisure activities. The hotel’s resort center also offers day trip arrangements to the nearby wild elephant park and scenic botanic gardens. For more information or to book travel, see http://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/jing-hong/jhgxa/hoteldetail.


Culture Corner

Culture CornerThe Summer Palace in Beijing is the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China. Made up of palaces, gardens, pavilions, and even an artificially constructed lake, the Summer Palace was inscribed on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List in 1998 and declared “a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design.”


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