>> Airbus is urging Chinese airlines to place orders for its biggest planes because huge purchases by other carriers and supply-chain disruptions are extending wait times in the post-Covid travel boom. “Slot availability is evolving very quickly, and we have tried to accelerate this discussion with our Chinese customers,” Airbus China Chief Executive Officer George Xu said.
>> Air China's southwestern branch in Chengdu will launch, resume, and put extra flights from Chengdu to multiple international destinations this July to cope with the upcoming summer travel peak. Among them, starting on July 2nd, Air China launched a new direct flight from Chengdu Tianfu International Airport (TFU) to the capital of the Philippines, Manila, operating three flights per week.
>> H World, the shareholder of Deutsche Hospitality, is strengthening its international business division by appointing Oliver Bonke, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Deutsche Hospitality, as CEO of H World International. Further, Choon Wah Wong is appointed as Managing Director of Steigenberger Hotels GmbH/Deutsche Hospitality and SVP Finance of H World International.
>> Indonesia's Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy held a familiarization trip (famtrip) by inviting five journalists from five Chinese media companies in Bali from June 26 to July 1, 2023. Tourists from China have been the main market focus for Indonesian tourism since 2017. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, China became one of the countries that contributed the highest number of tourist arrivals to Indonesia.
>> Sabah hopes to rekindle its tourism and cultural exchange with Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi province in central China, which was derailed by Covid-19 pandemic travel restrictions. State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew was in Xi'an to get the memorandum of understanding of friendship and cooperation signed in 2019 between Kota Kinabalu and Xi'an back on track.
>> Oman’s Ministry of Heritage and Tourism is seeking to establish a tourism representative office in China, part of the ministry’s efforts to develop marketing plans that promote Oman’s tourism attractions through its global offices. The primary objective of opening this office is to strengthen relationships between local partners, including tourism companies and hotels, in the Chinese market. Interested parties have until August 1, to submit their bids for consideration.
>> Mongolia received a total of 339,517 foreign tourists in the first half of this year, up 75.7 percent year-on-year, the country's Ministry of Environment and Tourism said Tuesday. Russia, China and South Korea were the biggest sources of tourist arrivals for Mongolia in the January-June period, the ministry said in a statement.
>> The Italian National Tourist Board (ENIT) organized "Reunion with Italy," its first offline roadshow in China in over three years, at the Italian Embassy in Beijing. ENIT introduced high-quality tourism avenues at the event and engaged in discussions with dozens of Chinese tourism enterprises on the recovery of tourism between China and Italy as well as future cooperation opportunities.
>> The Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydropower project, welcomed a record number of tourists in the first half of this year, according to the China Three Gorges Corporation. The January-June period this year saw 1.5 million visitors, 50,000 more than the same period in 2019.