The proposal is expected to boost this year’s number of Chinese tourists from 10.5 million to 11.5 million.
RCI, the world's largest vacation exchange network as part of Wyndham Destinations, announced it has acquired travel technology platform Alliance Reservations Network (Alliance) for $92 million.
At the destination level, more stringent licensing for tour sellers and coordination with attractions could help optimize revenue for operators.
The full year in 2018 saw over 672,000 Chinese visitors arriving in the UAE and 1 million in the UK.
Tour operators usually rely on a wide range of distribution partners, and tour operators take on a huge risk by handing over all their data and distribution power to a single OTA.
Number of Chinese tourists travelling to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is expected to rise by 81% from 1.6 million in 2018 to 2.9 million in 2022.
New jobs such as travel video creator, private travel planner and tour guide that can be filled online are picking up popularity among freelancers, some of whom might not have a travel work background.
Chinese tourists made 149 million overseas trips in 2018, with total spending amounting to USD130 billion. The data marked a year-on-year increase of 14.7 percent and 13 percent, respectively.
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