On January 5th, the China Tourism Association (CTA), a pivotal national travel and tourism association established in 1986 with the approval of the State Council, announced the inauguration of the China Business Travel Association (CBTA) under the CTA. The inauguration ceremony was held at Empark Grand Hotel Beijing, marking a significant milestone in China's business travel sector.
Nearly a hundred people, including leaders from the CTA Secretariat, director and member unit representatives of the CBTA and industry colleagues attended the event. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Xiaoyin She, Deputy Secretary-General of the CTA.
Mr. She said the China Tourism Association will support the Committee's work and foster a favorable development environment.
Mr. Xiaoyin She, Deputy Secretary-General of the CTA
In a rapidly digitalizing world, the business travel industry's growth is vital for promoting commercial exchanges and cooperation across sectors. Approved for establishment on November 3, 2023, the CBTA is a testament to CTA's commitment to propelling the industry forward.
The global business travel market is rebounding significantly and GBTA predicts the industry will surpass its pre-pandemic spending level of $1.4 trillion this year. China is expected to recover back to being the #1 business travel market in the world by the end of 2023, and its spending in 2024 will rise to more than $406 billion.
Initiated by TravelDaily China (the parent company of ChinaTravelNews.com), the CBTA's founding members include prominent industry players such as CWT China, Trip.com Group Business Travel (Trip.Biz), Zhejiang Geely Business Travel Services, China Air Service, Yiqifei.com, Shanghai Jinjiang International Hotels, and Hainan Airlines. Charlie Li, CEO of TravelDaily China, is appointed as Director of CBTA.
Charlie Li, CEO of TravelDaily China
Mr. Li emphasized the CBTA's dedication to organizing online and offline sessions and forums to standardize "Business Travel Services" understanding and practices. He invited enterprises meeting the criteria to join the committee's efforts in accelerating the industry's development. As a nonprofit industry association focused on China's business travel sector, CBTA will promote the growth of business travel by hosting high-quality events and uniting leading companies in the sector.
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