The new strain of avian influenza, known as H7N9, which has killed 23 people in China, is also starting to take it’s toll on tourism in the Shanghai region.
There has been a noticeable decline in tourists since the outbreak of the bird flu in late March – at Shanghai Spring Tour, one of the city’s three largest travel agencies, the number of travellers to the city has slumped by around a third in late March and around a quarter in the first week of April. Continue reading »
By James Kynge, principal of FT China Confidential
Frugality may be the new watchword of incoming President Xi Jinping, but while wealthy Chinese consumers may be cutting conspicuous consumption at home, they are spending ever-larger sums in ever-greater numbers abroad.
A recent survey by FT China Confidential shows the wealthiest 26 per cent of outbound tourists spent an average of Rmb32,628 ($5,241) on their most recent overseas trip, with shopping accounting for almost half the total spend (Rmb15,699).
Furthermore, this cohort of 21m travellers, which we expect to grow significantly in the coming years, plans to spend an average of Rmb43,770 ($7,032) on their next overseas trip this year, representing a 34 per cent increase on their most recent trip. Continue reading »
Given China’s increasing status as an economic power, it’s not surprising that more and more people are flying to the country. But it’s taken a while for new routes to open up, with much of the air traffic routed via the established centres of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. That seems to be changing.
With all the new purportedly top-quality hotels popping up in China, what’s the guarantee of service and taste? Very little, according to Clement Kwok, the chief executive of Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels, which is placing an emphasis on quality over quantity.
Having survived a decade of national economic meltdown, Zimbabwe’s tourism sector is working at getting back on the world map. On Thursday its premier travel and tourism event Sanganai/Hlanganani kicks off in Harare, with officials reporting an increase in the number of foreign exhibitors from 24 in 2011 to 85 this year.
The big boost is from Chinese exhibitors, reflecting the marketing push to attract vistors from Asia. But will adding Robert Mugabe’s old residence to the tourist trail help? Continue reading »
Jamil Anderlini visits the Shaolin Temple in central Henan and meets the chief abbot, also known as the ‘CEO monk’. With over 2m visitors per year, the temple has become one of China’s strongest cultural brands.
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