Cristiano Ronaldo visit sparks boom in China's hotels; Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge sets traffic record | Daily Brief
12/27/2023|6:34:22 PM|ChinaTravelNews

Cristiano Ronaldo's visit sparks a boom in Shenzhen's hospitality industry (in Chinese)

Cristiano Ronaldo's visit to China, specifically Shenzhen, has significantly boosted local accommodation bookings in the city with a ninefold year-on-year increase for the week around the event, according to local media report. The surge in bookings was particularly notable after tickets for the event went on sale on December 25, 2023. Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre stadium, the venue for the matches, has become the hottest accommodation district in Shenzhen.

Airport near China's world heritage site resumes international air routes

Dunhuang Mogao International Airport, located near the Mogao Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northwest China, officially resumed international air routes on Sunday. A tourist charter flight from Jakarta, Indonesia, arrived at the airport at 7:20 a.m. on Sunday. This was the first inbound international tourist charter flight at the airport this year.

China’s C919 jet sold for higher price in latest deal as Boeing returns to market

China’s home-grown C919 airliner secured a higher price in its latest deal with Air China after its manufacturer, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac), appealed for more support in sales at home as Boeing makes headway in deliveries to Chinese carriers. The C919’s price increase was revealed in Comac’s deal with Air China, China’s largest carrier by fleet size, announced last week. Air China will purchase six C919 planes and 11 of the smaller ARJ21 regional jets, with deliveries between 2024 and 2025.

Turkey seeks enhanced investment ties with China with focus on tech, energy, travel 

A high-ranking Turkish official has advocated for the deepening of investment ties between Turkey and China, emphasizing the sectors of technology, energy, and tourism as key areas of potential cooperation. This call for increased investment collaboration mirrors Turkey’s strategic approach to strengthen its economy and technological capabilities, whilst tapping into China’s vast market and investment potential.

Cambodia receives nearly half million Chinese tourists in 11 months

Nearly half a million Chinese tourists visited Cambodia in the first 11 months of 2023, up nearly 450% compared to the same period last year. They were among the more than 4.9 million foreign arrivals logged by Cambodia's Ministry of Tourism. Despite the increase, the figures pale in comparison to pre-Covid-19 figures.

Two new Grand Mercure hotels open in China 

Accor Greater China announced the opening of two strategic destinations for Grand Mercure, one of Accor’s premium global hospitality brands. Grand Mercure Yichang Waitan resides in Yichang City, along the banks of the Yangtze River; while Grand Mercure Chengdu East is the brand’s first hotel to reside in the southwest area of China. Grand Mercure Chengdu East is the brand’s first hotel in the world to introduce an extended stay offering, known as Grand Mercure Living.

Zhuhai port of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge sets one-day traffic record

The daily traffic flow for the Zhuhai Port of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge reached a milestone on Monday, as the number of vehicles crossing the boundary exceeded 16,000, setting a new record. The surge reflected the deepening of consumer integration in the Greater Bay Area, as convenient customs clearance mechanisms have helped boost tourism.

New high-speed railway creates golden path for tourists

A new high-speed railway passing through some popular tourism sites in East China will open on Wednesday, boosting tourism development and improving regional social and economic development, the national railway operator China State Railway Group said on Tuesday. The 560-kilometer railway linking Hangzhou of Zhejiang province and Nanchang of Jiangxi province, designed to reach up to 350 km per hour, passes several tourist attractions such as the West Lake, the Thousand Islands Lake and the Huangshan Mountain.