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Huawei app rolls out Trip.com features; Thailand, China to permanently waive visas | Daily Brief

01/02/2024| 6:46:32 PM| ChinaTravelNews

China eases visa applications for U.S. tourists; Outdoor sports reshape lifestyle of younger generation.

Huawei navigation app introduces Trip.com features (in Chinese)

Huawei's Petal Maps has undergone a major update, introducing new features from Trip.com Group. The online travel giant's filtering functions for restaurants and hotels allow Huawei map users to quickly find suitable places based on distance, type, ratings and more. The latest version of Petal Maps provides millions of pieces of travel advice which are displayed in the form of feed on the Huawei map application. 

China eases visa applications for U.S. tourists

China will simplify visa applications for tourists from the United States from Jan. 1, cutting the documents required, according to a notice on Friday on the website of the Chinese embassy in Washington. The move is the latest by China to revive tourism and boost the world's second-largest economy following a slump during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thailand, China to permanently waive visas for each other from March

Thailand and China will permanently waive visa requirements for each other's citizens from March, Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said on Tuesday. In 2023, Thailand welcomed 28 million foreign tourists, slightly above its target.

Outdoor sports reshaping lifestyle of China's younger generation

For the past year, outdoor sports undoubtedly emerged as one of the most frequently mentioned topics in conversations among young Chinese. On Chinese lifestyle-sharing platforms such as Xiaohongshu and Weibo, numerous daily posts share diverse experiences related to outdoor sports. The industry's value is targeted to hit 3 trillion yuan (422.5 billion U.S. dollars) by 2025.

China sees robust travel, tourism demand during New Year's Day holiday

Travel in China flourished over the three-day New Year's holiday, with 135 million domestic tourist trips, up 155% from last year, while domestic tourism revenue rose to 79.73 billion yuan ($11.23 billion), data released Monday showed. During the New Year holidays, more than 128 million passenger trips were made on China's transport network, up 78.4% from 2023 and 33.1% from 2022, according to Ministry of Transport figures reported by state media.

Cathay flight from Japan delayed after woman got on board without permission

Cathay Pacific confirmed on Sunday that a flight from Japan to Hong Kong had been delayed last week after a woman who did not have a valid boarding pass and passport managed to board the plane. The flight giant said the incident happened on the CX521 flight, which was scheduled to arrive in Hong Kong from Narita International Airport last Thursday (Dec 28).

Thai AirAsia launches direct flights from Bangkok to Shanghai

Thai AirAsia has announced the launch of direct flights from Bangkok to Shanghai. This new route will provide travelers with a convenient and reliable way to travel between the two cities. The airline has been carefully considering and planning this new route, which is expected to be popular among business and leisure travelers.

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