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Lionel Messi's no-show in Hong Kong costs organizers $1.9 million; Trip.com creates app for Vision Pro | Daily Brief

02/06/2024| 6:22:19 PM| ChinaTravelNews

Hyatt inks deal to expand in China; Laos-China Railway boosts daily trips.

Lionel Messi sat out a friendly game in Hong Kong, and it cost the organizers $1.9 million (in Chinese)

Inter Miami played an exhibition match against the Hong Kong Star Team at the Hong Kong Stadium on February 4. But Lionel Messi, the highly-anticipated soccer star for the game, did not participate in the match, leading to dissatisfaction among fans. The organizer, Tatler Asia, announced on February 5th that it would withdraw the application for HK$16 million (USD 1.9 million) in government funding.

Trip.com Thailand livestream grosses over $2.8 million

The Super World Trip BOSS Live livestream session hosted by Trip.com, in collaboration with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism & Sports, grossed over THB100 million (USD 2.8 million) in total. The livestream showcased the many varied charms of Thailand, from the rich culture and delectable cuisine to vibrant cities and idyllic islands, and saw a plethora of deals being sold.

Trip.com Group creates travel app for Apple Vision Pro 

Trip.com Group has launched its Trip.Vision application, which will allow users to “travel” through Apple Vision Pro, created with the intent to blend physical space with digital content. The application, created for Apple Vision Pro exclusively, is meant to redefine how we think about travel, said Bo Sun, chief marketing officer of Trip.com Group.

Hyatt inks deal to develop dozens of new China hotels

Hyatt Hotels Corporation plans to ramp up its portfolio of Independent Collection and select service hotels in China. It has teamed up with Hangzhou Trade and Tourism Group and Zhejiang Dragon Hotel Management. Hyatt intends to develop more than 60 hotels over the coming decade, the first of which is expected to be a Hyatt Place hotel in Hangzhou.

Laos-China Railway boosts daily trips in preparation of tourism surge as country gears up Visit Laos Year

The Laos-China Railway Company has announced that it will increase the daily trips of its passenger trains to 12 journeys a day from the previous 10 daily journeys, effective from January 22. The move comes as the railway operator aims to accommodate the expected increase in tourists this year, aligning with the launch of the Visit Laos 2024 tourism campaign.

Almost 400 Xinjiang scenic spots offer free admission during the Spring Festival

Nearly four hundred A-class scenic spots in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region offer free admission to travelers during the Spring Festival holidays - from February 10 to 24, a move to further embrace the ice and snow tourism boom across China over the upcoming major festival holiday. As the boom of the ice and snow economy continues into the Spring Festival holiday, the marketing frenzy in Xinjiang and other regions reflects that local economy is benefiting from the robust recovery of consumption in China and local economic governance is improving, experts said.

Airbus seeks full lifecycle cooperation with Chinese suppliers

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has strengthened its foothold in China by partnering with additional Chinese suppliers in areas spanning aircraft component production, assembly, delivery, and maintenance. In the almost four decades since the debut of the first Airbus aircraft in China, collaboration between Airbus and the Chinese aviation industry has rapidly intensified.

Cathay Pacific resumes flights to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Tourism officials in Collaboration with the Airport & Aviation officials gave an arousing welcome to the inaugural flight of Cathay Pacific Airways, CX 611 on the 1st of February, 2024, at the Bandaranaike International Airport. The largest carrier of Hong Kong resumed flights to Sri Lanka after several years.  The airline recommenced passenger flight operations using an Airbus 330-300 aircraft and according to their new flight schedule. 

Cathay Pacific resumes direct flights connecting Chennai and Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s home carrier Cathay Pacific has resumed its Chennai-Hong Kong service, with its first flight from Chennai International Airport having taken off on 2nd  February 2024, as part of a three-flights-per-week service. This development marks a noteworthy return to service after a four-year pause. 

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