October 2013 E-Newsletter

News from China National Tourist Office

Message from CNTO

Happy Autumn! This month I’d like to share some brief highlights from the 7th Annual China-U.S. Tourism Leadership Summit, which took place October 9-10 in Chicago. The summit explored opportunities for strengthening tourism to China and provided many informative insights.

Shao Qiwei, chairman of the China National Tourism Administration, led the Chinese delegation in meeting with key stakeholders from the U.S. tourism industry. These meetings included discussions on emerging trends in the hotel industry in China and the U.S., efforts for alleviating poverty in remote and rural regions through tourism, and other trends and niche markets such as golf travel, educational tourism, culture-oriented tourism, and cruise tourism development.

The summit concluded with a plan to expand cooperation in the tourism industry between China and the U.S. in five areas:

  • Continuing to expand two-way tourism between China and the U.S. to reach the mark of 5,000,000 passengers
  • Deepening bilateral cooperation in the tourism sector to facilitate tourist exchanges between the two countries
  • Mobilizing local governments and enterprises to enhance cooperation, from personnel exchanges to industrial cooperation
  • Strengthening cooperation in tourism research, education and personnel training between the two countries to provide intellectual support for tourism development
  • Continuing to expand Sino-U.S. exchanges between young people in order to build a solid foundation for lasting friendship between the two countries

After this successful summit, we look forward to continuing to promote tourism to China from the U.S. throughout 2013 and beyond – and we hope that you, our trade partners, are enthusiastic about this endeavor as well.

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

New Tourism Law Enacted to Improve Tourist Experience
TourismChina’s first tourism law went into effect on October 1, 2013 with the goal of regulating the tourism market and upgrading tourists’ experiences while in China. The new policy outlines measures to address industry issues such as fair pricing and congestion in scenic spots, as well as focuses on ensuring tourists’ rights while in China. The new law aims to help in creating a safe and comfortable environment for tourists and ultimately improve the foreign visitor experience while in the destination.

Tibet: Boom in Visitors and Start of Fall Climbing Season
ClimbChina’s Tibet Autonomous Region has recently experienced a surge in tourist arrivals, with numbers rising 19.6 percent for the period of January-August from the previous year, and more peak numbers expected for the fall with the start of “climbing season.” With five mountains in Tibet that are more than 8,000 meters in height – including Qomolangma, which is known as the “Mount Everest of the West,” and Mount Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth highest mountain – and thousands of mountains above 6,000 meters, climbing in Tibet is a huge draw. Mountaineering in the region tends to be most accessible in the spring and fall, and the local guides and suppliers are primed and ready for visitors to the destination. With the nature, beauty and history of the region, now is the time to send your clients to visit China and the Tibet Autonomous Region.

World’s Highest Civilian Airport Opens in Sichuan
AirportDaocheng Yading Airport, the world’s highest civilian airport, which is located 14,472 feet above sea level, began operations this month in China’s Sichuan province in a remote Tibetan region of China. The new airport is approximately 98 miles from Yading Nature Reserve in the eastern part of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Yading is known as “the last Shangri-La” for its untouched lands and breathtaking scenery. The new airport will cut travel time from this provincial area to the city of Chengdu from two days to just 65 minutes. Additional flights to cities including Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing are scheduled to commence in the future.

Hengqin Island Theme Park and Resort Opening
ThemeparkWith the opening of Chimelong, a $5 billion resort and theme park, next month, China’s Hengqin Island will be on its way with the ongoing development as a major attraction area – one that Reuters has dubbed “China’s answer to Orlando.” Chimelong’s soft opening in November will include a mega rollercoaster and a whale-shark tank, as well as 1,880 hotel rooms, a conference center, spa and indoor water park in the future. Hengqin is currently connected to Macau by tunnels, and a bridge connecting it to Hong Kong is currently under construction.

 


Upcoming Events and Festivals in China

Tiger Woods & Rory McIlory Face Off
at “The Match at Mission Hills” (October 28, 2013)

TigerGolf giants Tiger Woods and Rory McIlory will go head-to-head in a two-man, 18-hole contest in China this month. The world-famous golfers will tee off on the acclaimed Blackstone Course, one of 10 Schmidt-Curley designed courses at Mission Hills Haikou Resort on the island of Hainan in China. This event will be Tiger’s only appearance in China this year, so golf fans traveling to China this month will not want to miss this match. For more information on this event, click here.

WGC-HSBC Champions (October 31-November 3)
GolfMore than 40 of the world’s top golfers will congregate at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai this month for HSBC’s ninth championship. The course, designed by Nelson & Haworth Golf Design, is one of the most hilly and forested golf courses in the Shanghai region, with dramatic elevation changes on several holes and spectacular play around a 50-meter deep quarry. For more information on the event, go to http://www.hsbcgolf.com/mens.

2013 Shanghai International Marathon (December 1)
MarathonThis annual marathon will once again take place throughout Shanghai, with 35,000 runners expected this year. The course will also allow runners and spectators to take in some of the city’s biggest attractions, with the starting line at the Bund and passing by the China Pavilion and other iconic Shanghai sites. For race details, registration and more information, go to http://www1.shmarathon.com/en/home.php.

 


Partner Travel Supplier News

Hainan Airlines Named Asia’s Leading Airline Economy Class by WTA
Hainan AirlinesThe World Travel Awards, which are determined by the votes of 23,000 industry professionals and travelers, awarded Hainan Airlines as Asia’s Leading Airline Economy Class at the recent Gala Ceremony in Dubai. The airline was also nominated in the World’s Best Airline and Best Business Class categories. This WTA award follows Hainan Airline’s recent commendation as SKYTRAX Five-Star Airline for the third year in a row, making Hainan the only Chinese airline to receive this recognition and one of only seven airlines worldwide.

Jin JiangJin Jiang International Hotels Wins Best Chain Hotel Group of Asia
At the 2013 Asia Hotel Forum (AHF) International Hotel Investment Summit recently held in Beijing, Jin Jiang International Hotels was awarded as the “Best Chain Hotel Group in Asia." Jin Jiang International Hotels has a portfolio of more than 110 hotels star-rated hotels with a room inventory of more than 37,000 hotel rooms spread across 75 cities in China.

PreferredV-Continent Beijing Parkview Wuzhou Hotel Joins Preferred Hotel Group’s Summit Hotels & Resorts
Preferred Hotel Group continues to expand into key markets in China, with the V-Continent Beijing Parkview Wuzhou Hotel joining its Summit Hotels & Resorts collection. V-Continent Beijing Parkview Wuzhou Hotel is situated just minutes from major attractions in Beijing and adjacent to the city’s business hub. V-Continent Beijing Parkview Wuzhou Hotel has been lauded for its exceptional MICE facilities and looks to establish a strong independent identity under Preferred Hotel Group.

 


New Tourism Developments

The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu Opens
RitzThe Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu’s grand opening occurred earlier this month, becoming the ninth Ritz property in China. Overlooking Tianfu Square in Chengdu’s city center, the hotel offers travelers a base from which to explore this iconic Chinese city. Featuring 353 rooms, including 55 suites, the contemporary-styled hotel in China’s emerging southwest offers a modern hospitality experience with traditional Chinese flourishes. For more information on this hotel, click here.

Four Seasons Opens New Hotel in Shenzhen
4-seasonFour Seasons opened its eighth hotel in China recently, this time in the dynamic city of Shenzhen, just minutes from Hong Kong and near Guangzhou and Macau. The Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen features a contemporary, light-filled tower that overlooks green spaces and water courtyards, as well as panoramic views of the city. For more information on this hotel, go to http://www.fourseasons.com/shenzhen/.

Starwood Debuts The Westin Sanya Haitang Bay Resort
StarwoodThe Westin Sanya Haitang Bay Resort, scheduled to open on November 1, 2013, will be Westin’s first beach resort hotel in China. Located on Hainan Island, China’s premier tropical resort destination, and with picturesque views of the South China Sea, the resort features 448 guestrooms, suites and villas, and Westin’s innovative wellness programming, as well as convenient location to Sanya’s renowned beaches and China’s biggest duty-free shopping mall. For more information on this hotel, click here.

 


Culture Corner

Explore The Kaiping "Diaolou" and VillagesCulture Corner
The Kaiping “Diaolou” and Villages are located in Kaiping City in the Guangdong Province of China. The Diaolou are multi-story towers built to serve as watchtowers to protect Kaiping’s residents against intrusion. The Diaolou were originally built in the 16th century, though they were continued to be built through the 1920s and 1930s when they reached their peak, with more than 3,000 Diaolou scattered throughout the Kaiping area. Approximately 1,830 well-preserved Diaolou remain today.

The Kaiping Diaolou and Villages were approved as a national cultural heritage site in 2001, and were listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2007, included on the list for the incorporation of the natural and cultural landscape and integration of western and Chinese architectural styles.

 


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