November 2013 E-Newsletter

News from China National Tourist Office

Message from CNTO

As the end of 2013 nears, we at the China National Tourist Offices (CNTO) are thinking about 2014 and continuing to promote China as an international destination. The China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), my home office, just announced the official theme for its 2014 campaign around the globe: “Beautiful China, 2014 – Year of Smart Travel” and we are eager to share it with you, our trade partners.

The idea of smart travel is an important one for China, with the country embarking on major efforts to utilize technology to provide tourism information and resources to visitors and to make China more easily navigable and therefore more enjoyable. We also hope that a smarter, easier travel experience leads to increased tourism to China in 2014 and beyond.

We hope that you, our valued trade partners, will read more about these travel developments and continue to share China with your clients. Thank you for your continuous support of tourism to China now, in 2014, and beyond.

Beautiful China

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

 


Contents

Message from CNTO

China Travel News

Upcoming Events and Festivals in China

Partner Travel Supplier News

New Tourism Developments

Culture Corner


China Travel News

Visa-free StaysChongqing Launches 72-hour Visa-free Stays
Chongqing is the fifth city in China (after Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu) to introduce a new policy allowing transit passengers 72-hour visa-free stays, starting this month. The new law allows visitors to more easily visit and explore Chongqing, a key area in Midwest China. In order to maximize the opportunity to develop local tourism, Chongqing’s tourism administration will work with partner tour companies on suggested routes for transit passengers, including a Three Gorges tour and food tours.

2014 WTTC Global Summit to be Held in Hainan, China
HainanThe World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has selected Hainan as the venue for the 2014 WTTC Global Summit. The event, which will take place April 24-25, 2014, will be a great way for North American audiences to discover Hainan. Situated at the southernmost tip of China, Hainan is renowned for its tropical beach environment and incredible resorts. WTTC’s choice of Hainan as the venue for its Summit highlights the important role China is playing in international tourism, as well as Hainan’s place as a new tourism hotspot. For more information on the event, go to http://www.wttc.org/events/hainan-2014/.

ChengduNew York Mag Hails Chengdu “Most Dynamic Chinese City”
If you haven’t referred your clients to a visit in Chengdu yet, you may want to consider adding this Sichuan province city to the itinerary. As a recent item in New York magazine noted, Chengdu has a quickly growing economy, but the atmosphere is more laid-back than other larger Chinese cities, plus the art and music scene is rocking, the cuisine is hot and delicious, and there are luxe hotels awaiting visitors. For those seeking the traditional experience, Chengdu’s nearby countryside still offers history, scenery and the famous panda refuge. To read more, go to http://nymag.com/travel/2013/winter/chengdu/.

BeijingBeijing Promoting Visa-free Stays with Additional Incentives
Since launching the 72-hour visa-free stay on January 1 earlier this year, thousands of visitors have experienced Beijing using the new policy. Beijing is eager to bring in even more passengers this way, as it is simple for visitors and beneficial for the destination. To do so, the city is considering additional incentives such as customized discounts on hotels, dining and shopping, as well as promotion through the airlines. A streamlined transit process is also promised. Keep this in mind for your clients as it is an easy and ideal add-on travel experience for passengers heading to a nearby destination.

ZhangjiajieZhangjiajie, Inspiration for Avatar, Featured in Travel Weekly
The scenery for Pandora in James Cameron’s blockbuster movie “Avatar” may have been inspired by China’s Wulingyuan Scenic Area in Zhangjiajie, but the UNESCO World Heritage Site offers much more. From jaw-dropping vistas high atop mountains to pristine streams winding through the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, this area of China is rife with possibility for long-haul travelers or those looking to get in touch with nature while in China. To read the full article (and to see the “floating islands” that inspired Pandora), go to http://travelweekly.texterity.com/travelweekly/20131104#pg80
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Upcoming Events and Festivals in China

Dumplings2013 Winter Solstice Festival (December 22)
The Dong Zhi, or Winter Solstice Festival, is one of the most significant festivals celebrated by the Chinese and many other eastern Asian nations. It is celebrated during the Dong Zhi solar term (winter solstice), which occurs on or around December 22, usually with ceremonies and time spent with family, and by eating dumplings.

HarbinThe 30th Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival
(December 28-February 28, 2014)

The Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival will open to visitors after Christmas and go through the end of February. The Snow Sculpture Art Expo is world-famous, where frozen works by artists from all over the world are on display. Festivities include fireworks, theatrical performances, lanterns and lights, and more. For more information, click here.

Marathon2014 Xiamen International Marathon (January 4, 2014)
This leading marathon takes place on the first Saturday of the new year but the event will kick off on January 2, 2014. Xiamen is a scenic port city on the southeast coast of China with warm, spring-like weather year-round and winding coastline and gardens throughout the destination, making it an ideal marathon location. For more information on this event, go to http://www.xmim.org/en/.


Partner Travel Supplier News

Air ChinaAir China Announces Nonstop Service from Hawaii to Beijing
Air China will launch a new nonstop service between Beijing and Honolulu, Hawaii on January 21, 2014. The new service from Hawaii will be Air China’s 6th destination in North America in addition to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and Vancouver. The new route will offer additional options for travel to China from or via the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada.

AAAmerican Airlines to Launch Dallas-China Nonstop Flights
American Airlines announced plans to launch nonstop daily flights from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Shanghai and Hong Kong starting next June, marking the first direct air service connecting China with Dallas/Fort Worth. The airline currently offers flights to Hong Kong out of Los Angeles and Chicago O’Hare, but the addition of DFW to the Hong Kong route, as well as the route to Shanghai, will make getting to China on American Airlines even easier. This would also be the first deployment of the Boeing 777-300ER to Hong Kong for American Airlines; a 777-200 will handle the route to Shanghai.

Hainan AirlinesHainan Airlines Commences Flights from Seattle to Xi’an
Hainan Airlines recently launched its maiden flight on the Xi’an-Beijing-Seattle route on October 30, with an Airbus A330 that took off from Xi’an Xianyang International Airport (XIY), making Hainan Airlines the first carrier offering air services from the U.S. to Northwest China.


New Tourism Developments

RitzRitz-Carlton Opens New Luxury Hotel in Tianjin
The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin, the newest luxury hotel in Northeast China, opened its doors last month, bringing luxury service and accommodation to Tianjin. The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin is located just 30 minutes outside of Beijing by high-speed train. Tianjin, which used to be known as the “Port of the Emperor” for its location on the banks of the Haihe River and proximity to China’s capital, is now a busy financial and business hub. The new Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin is ideally located for business and recreational travel alike, with its 277 spacious rooms, including 53 suites, as well as four restaurants, fully-equipped fitness center and indoor, heated swimming pool. For more information on The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin, visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Tianjin/Default.htm.

DoubletreeDoubleTree by Hilton Debuts First Hotel in Jiaxing
The DoubleTree by Hilton Jiaxing debuted this month as Hilton’s 16th property in China and its first internationally branded, full-service hotel in Jiaxing. Jiaxing is renowned for its beautiful scenery and culture significance, and is also conveniently located between Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou, making the new hotel a perfect destination for both business and leisure travelers. The upscale six-story, 274-room hotel has three restaurants, a grand ballroom and nine multi-functional meeting rooms. For more information or to make reservations, click here.

TowerJin Jiang Hotels to Debut World’s Highest Hotel
Shanghai’s skyline will grow even taller when the Shanghai Tower opens in 2015, and sitting at the top of the tower will be the luxury hotel, J Hotel Shanghai Tower. Currently under development by Jian Jiang Hotels, the hotel will be the first property in the group’s new J Brand. The J Hotel Shanghai Tower will offer high-end accommodations from its perch on the 84th to 110th floors of the Shanghai Tower, with 258 luxury guest rooms, and will be conveniently located in the central business district.

TussaudsMadame Tussauds to Open in Beijing
The world-famous Madame Tussauds will come to Beijing with a scheduled opening in 2014. As the 16th Madame Tussauds worldwide and the fourth one to open in China, the Beijing location will be a multi-million Yuan investment, and will be located in the heart of the city close to Tiananmen Square, making it easily accessible for tourists to visit while in Beijing.

 


Culture Corner

Culture CornerThe Classical Gardens of Suzhou are a collection of gardens in the Suzhou region of Eastern China.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the gardens date back to the 11th century. Most of the gardens were built and cultivated by scholars, and recreate natural landscapes from throughout China, with miniature pagodas, pavilions, and rocks, hills and rivers. The classical Chinese garden design can be seen throughout this area, marked by refined, elegant and calming landscapes. Today, there are 69 preserved gardens in Suzhou.

 


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