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Southeast Asia holds breath for Chinese return; China to restore flights to Mexico as business ties boom | Daily Brief

03/12/2024| 8:04:30 PM| ChinaTravelNews

China encourages more exchanges with US; Chinese tourism to Canada still lags.

Southeast Asia holds its breath for Chinese tourists’ long-awaited return

Southeast Asia is eagerly anticipating the return of Chinese tourists, with expectations for a stronger year in tourism. Thai tourism targets 8 million Chinese arrivals this year, encouraged by visa waivers and cheaper flights. Despite economic challenges in China, Chinese citizens continue to prioritize travel-related spending.

Chinese tourism to Canada still lags behind pre-pandemic levels

Data released by Statistics Canada shows Chinese tourism is far behind pre-pandemic levels, reaching barely a third of those numbers last year as tensions remain fraught between Ottawa and Beijing. The tourism sector in Canada is now looking at diversifying its visitor base, as other regions such as the United States and Europe see an increase in visitors.

China says it encourages peoples of China, US to make more exchanges 

China hopes and encourages the peoples of China and the United States to make more visits, contacts and exchanges, and jointly write new stories of friendship between the two peoples in the new era, foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Monday.

Head of Visit Iceland welcomes Chinese tourists

In a video message with China's state media CGTN, Lina Petra Thorarinsdottir, the head of Visit Iceland, introduces the magical scenery of Iceland, inviting guests to have a close connection with nature and enjoy geothermal baths and dormant volcanoes of the country.

Chinese interest in Europe's winter sport resorts gathering speed

Chinese visitors are increasingly showing interest in Europe's alpine ski tourism industry, with a growing trend of experienced skiers seeking new experiences in the continent's resorts. Switzerland, with a 400% increase in winter tourism from China in the past decade, sees immense potential despite a relatively low number of Chinese skiers on its slopes during the winter season.

China to restore flights to Mexico as business ties boom

China’s largest airline is poised to establish its first nonstop service to Mexico, signaling the country’s growing importance as a gateway to the Americas for the world’s second-largest economy. Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines plans to start direct flights to Mexico City on April 17, a spokesperson for the state-owned airline said. The twice-weekly flights will depart from Shenzhen in southern China.

New air route between Shanghai and Riyadh to launch in April

A new air route between Riyadh and Shanghai has been established thanks to a collaboration between the Saudi Air Connectivity Program and China Eastern Airlines. The pair entered into a partnership directly linking Pudong Airport and King Khalid International Airport in the Kingdom’s capital, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

China Eastern Airlines opens third line of C919 aircraft

China Eastern Airlines on March 8 officially opened its third commercial route between Shanghai Hongqiao Airport and Xi 'an Xianyang Airport operated by China's domestically developed C919 passenger jet.

China sees robust recovery, vigorous growth in cultural, tourism industries

The cultural and tourism industries in China saw strong recovery and vigorous growth in 2023, Sun Yeli, minister of culture and tourism, said on Monday. "The tourism boom has played a crucial role in stimulating domestic demand, promoting employment, invigorating the market and bolstering confidence," Sun remarked while meeting the press after the closing of China's annual national legislative session.

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