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Frugal holiday tourists show recovery still needs work; Think tank unveils broad plan to sharpen Hong Kong tourism edge | Daily Brief

02/20/2024| 3:12:28 PM| ChinaTravelNews

First homegrown airliner makes global debut; Festival spending on China's duty-free island hits record.

China's Xizang receives over 2 million tourists during Spring Festival holiday

Southwest China's Xizang autonomous region (Tibet) received about 2.04 million visitors from Feb 10 to 17 this year, up over 300 percent year-on-year, local authorities said. According to the regional culture and tourism department, Xizang's tourism sector raked in more than 1.7 billion yuan (about $240 million) -- an increase of 365 percent year-on-year.

Chinese tourists to Hong Kong during major holiday top 2018

Chinese tourists tapped a lengthy national holiday to travel to Hong Kong, Macau and overseas in the largest numbers they have in years, suggesting consumption in the world’s second-largest economy is mounting a rebound. More than 1.2 million Chinese travelers visited Hong Kong during the eight-day Lunar New Year festival, the financial hub’s government said Sunday. That surpassed the number recorded over an equivalent period in 2018, before the pandemic. Nearby Macau reported a record 1.4 million tourists for the holiday — an upbeat sign for casinos in the world’s biggest gambling hub. 

Hong Kong think tank unveils broad plan to sharpen city’s tourism edge

Hong Kong should urge the central government to relax its visa arrangements to entice more mainland Chinese and boost the city’s “single journey, multi-stop” allure while sharpening its tourism edge, a leading think tank has said. The suggestion was one of 14 made by the Our Hong Kong Foundation to resuscitate the tourism industry as the city struggles with a slow pace of recovery and competition with Greater Bay Area rivals for consumer dollars.

Spring festival spending on China's duty-free island hits record

Shoppers visiting China's island province of Hainan spent a record 2.49 billion yuan ($346.2 million) on duty-free goods over the eight-day Lunar New Year holiday, data from Haikou Customs showed. That represents a year-on-year rise of 60%, with the number of shoppers from Feb. 10-17 reaching more than 297,000, each spending an average of 8,358 yuan on duty-free goods.

Steps to attract more Chinese visitors urged

Industry insiders have called for favorable policies to attract Chinese visitors as several cities in the United States and Europe have witnessed a decline in the number of tourists visiting from China in the past few years, resulting in loss of revenue for the tourism industry in those places. Chinese tourists are much loved by international businesses as they are among the biggest spenders when they travel.

China's frugal holiday tourists show recovery still needs work

Chinese tourists were thrifty spenders over the country's week-long Lunar New Year holiday even as overall trips were up. Per-capita tourism revenue over the eight-day festival this year slumped 9.5% versus a similar timespan in 2019, according to estimates from economists at Nomura Holdings and Goldman Sachs.

China's first homegrown airliner makes global debut

China's challenger to Airbus and Boeing's passenger jets made its first trip outside Chinese territory on Sunday as it staged a fly-by at the Singapore Airshow. The narrow-body C919 is made by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, or COMAC. China has invested heavily to try and break the grip Airbus and Boeing have on the global market.

London Gatwick Boosts Chinese Connections with New Beijing and Guangzhou Flights

London Gatwick Airport announces new flights to Beijing and Guangzhou this summer, expanding its network to China and bolstering trade and tourism opportunities for London and the South East. These new routes increase Gatwick's weekly flights to China to 26, complementing existing services to Shanghai and Zhengzhou. This expansion is part of Gatwick's broader strategy to strengthen its Asian network, which will see a total of 85 flights per week to the continent. 

Chinese travel firm Tongcheng climbs after inclusion in tech index

Index complier Hang Seng Indexes Co says in its Q4 Hang Seng Family of Indexes review results that Tongcheng Travel will be added to the Hang Seng Tech Index HSTECH, effective March 4. 

Beijing's biggest lantern show charms visitors

Known as Beijing's biggest lantern show, The Megalights Wonderland at Beijing Wenyuhe Park has seen a boom in visitor numbers since its opening on February 2. Over a thousand festive lanterns from the "Chinese Lantern City" of Zigong, southwest China's Sichuan Province, have been installed at the park, resulting in a rich display of lights and colors. The lanterns' designs were a combination of tradition, trendy-chic and technology.

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