September 2012 E-Newsletter

A Message from the Director of the
China National Tourist Office

To our travel trade partners who are actively engaging China inbound tourism business,
I am pleased to offer a warm greeting and sincere salute. China is a nation with 5,000 years
of civilization and 1.3 billion people, a nation in the process of reform and opening to the world,
and a nation which beckons your clients with magnificent landscapes, fascinating culture,
delicious cuisine, and hospital people. From the legendary Great Wall to the world’s “eighth wonder,”
Qinshihuang’s mighty army of terracotta warriors, from a pleasant cruise on the Yangtze River
to Hallelujah Mountain in Zhangjiajie, from the skyscrapers of Shanghai to the Bird’s Nest
Stadium in Beijing, China boasts abundant tourist resources, sophisticated tourist facilities,
and quality services. China is like never before.

I am extremely pleased to introduce you to this latest edition of the China National Tourist Office
monthly email newsletter. With such a vibrant and growing destination as China, keeping on top of all the
latest developments is a challenge. It is our privilege to support you, our industry partners,
in this regard.

China National Tourist Office, New York

370 Lexington Ave. #912

New York, NY 10017


Director Yaping Xue


Tourism To China Continues to Grow

China Travel News

Upcoming Events

Airline Partner News

New Tourism Developments

Culture Corner

Important News from China
National Tourism Administration:

China-U.S. Tourism Leadership Summit 2012 (in Mandarin)

Tourism to China Continues to Grow

Thanks to you and the hard work of all our partners, arrivals from the U.S. continue to grow. We have seen strong growth from tourists, business travelers, and people seeing friends and family. So when you have clients talking about Asia, be sure to mention a visit to China. We thank you and they will thank you.

U.S. Arrivals to China (January through June 2012)

Sightseeing/Leisure: 562,900

Meetings/Business: 280,900

Others: 182,000

Worker & Crew: 6,090

Visiting Friends & Relatives: 2,500

Total: 1,034,390

China Travel News

Shanghai International Lantern Festival will be held at Luxun Park from September 5 to October 14 with the theme of
harmony, blending and development.
The festival is divided into three exhibition areas consisting of an international exhibition, a China exhibition and interactivity section. A total of 52 groups create giant lanterns. Environmentally-friendly and energy-saving materials are used for the lanterns. Lanterns will feature themes such as London Olympics, Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall and the Shenzhou IX manned spacecraft.

China Receives 2012 UN-Habitat Scroll of Honor Award Winners

Anji County in East China’s Zhejiang province has received 2012 UN-Habitat Scroll of Honor Awards on September 4. The award is the most prestigious award by the United Nations in recognition for work carried out in the field of human settlements development. And the aim of the award is to honor individuals and institutions instrumental in improving the living conditions in urban centers around the world.

Anji County is located in the Yangtze River Delta. As an ancient city home to nearly half a million people, Anji aims to build the county into an ecological county. Anji is now the global leader in bamboo production, and also is the home for Oscar wining movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

World Tourism Cities Federation Headquarters in Beijing

World Tourism Cities Federation, the first non-governmental and non-profit organization of tourism will set its headquarters in Beijing on 15 September.

World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) is the first international tourism organization of cities in the world. WTCF will hold Tourism Summit of World Tourism Cities in Xiangshan, Beijing, and World Tourism Cities Expo.

With the aim of “making urban life better with tourism,” the Federation is composed voluntarily of major tourism cities in the world and relevant tourism organizations. The Federation will dedicated to promote the communication and cooperation between the member cities, share tourism development experience, discuss city tourism issues, strengthen market cooperation and development of tourism, promote the development level of tourism, and promote the harmonious social and economic development of world tourism cities.

Upcoming Events in China

China International Travel
Mart (CITM)
is the largest professional travel mart in Asia. It has drawn the attention of people in the tourism industry
worldwide. This annual event, it is held in Shanghai and Kunming alternately. CITM 2012, jointly organized by China National
Tourism Administration, Shanghai Municipal Government and Civil Aviation Administration of China, will be held in
Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC) from November 15-18, 2012.

The Miami HEAT announced that the NBA China Games 2012 will feature two games between the HEAT and the Los Angeles Clippers, on October 11 at the MasterCard Center in Beijing and October 14 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.

Defending champion Martin Kaymer, World Number Three, Luke Donald, World Number Four, Lee Westwood and American four-time major winner, Phil Mickelson, confirmed that they will play in the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions the week of October 29 – November 4 at Mission Hills Guangdong, China, on the Olazabal Course.

Airline Partner News

China’s Hainan Airlines (HNA) will begin service next year on the increasingly competitive route between Chicago O’Hare and Beijing.

Hainan says it will begin nonstop service with four weekly flights on the route in the second quarter of 2013, a move that comes after the U.S. Department of Transportation approved the carrier’s application to provide new regularly scheduled service between the cities. Hainan plans to use Boeing 787 “Dreamliners” on the route.

China Southern Airlines (CZ) will operate an Airbus A380 on its Guangzhou-Los Angeles route from Oct.12 to accelerate its international expansion pace.

CZ ordered five Airbus A380s and introduced its first A380 last October. It has taken delivery of three A380s, which operate on two domestic routes, Beijing (PEK)-Guangzhou and PEK-Hong Kong. CZ is scheduled to introduce its fourth A380 in the fourth quarter.

New Tourism Developments

China to build 82 new airports

Li Jiaxiang, director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, announced his country will build 82 new airports and expand 101 existing ones during the current five-year plan, the 12th, which ends in 2015.

By then, China will have 230 airports, up from the current 182, according to Huang Min, director of infrastructure at the National Development and Reform Commission. Most of the new facilities will be feeder airports in the central and western portions of the country. About 80% of the population will be within 100 kilometers of an airport by the middle of this decade. Additional building is projected to increase that percentage nine points by 2020

Culture Corner

Can you name this tourist attraction in China?

Here are some clues:

  • A collection of clay sculptures depicting the armies of Qinshi Huang, the first Emperor of China.
  • The figures, dating from 3rd century BC, were discovered in 1974 in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China.
  • It was listed by UNESCO in 1987 as a World Cultural Heritage Site.

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