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More Cities Benefit as Chinese Tourists Flock to US “Gateways”

September 21, 2015/0/0/

Announced last November, the U.S. government’s decision to grant 10-year tourist visas to Chinese citizens was widely expected to boost inbound Chinese arrivals, particularly in major “gateway” cities like Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco — and it has. The Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board reported a 20 percent increase in visitation from […]

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On the Road Again: China’s Burgeoning “Staycation” Boom

September 14, 2015/0/0/

Affluent Chinese tourists may attract headlines and hand-wringing for their lavish spending, exponentially growing numbers, and bad behavior, but less over-the-top are the millions who stay at home and explore their own country. In recent years, Beijing has invested heavily in efforts to double domestic spending on tourism by 2020, with a goal of throwing some 5.5 […]

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‘Bon Voyage’: Chinese Tourists Take to the Sea

August 3, 2015/0/0/

With the summer season in full swing, those in the retail and tourism sector have already seen the impact of Chinese tourist spending. As Chinese travelers become increasingly sophisticated and seasoned, and venture farther afield, many are setting their sights to the sea and joining cruises. According to a recent report by Agility Research & […]

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Southeast Asia Loses, Turkey Gains as Chinese Tourists Seek New Pastures

July 27, 2015/0/0/

Encouraged by the rising tide of Chinese outbound tourists engulfing Thailand, South Korea, and Japan, Southeast Asian nations have spent heavily to attract what has become the world’s largest-spending outbound tourist bloc. However, with Chinese tourist flows to countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines drying up, Southeast Asia is finding that putting its eggs […]

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What Alibaba’s New “Credit Visa” System Means For Overseas Chinese Travel (and Why Brands Should Care)

July 13, 2015/2/0/

Leveraging the new “credit score” function launched by its online payment company Alipay, last week Chinese e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba announced the beta launch of a new “Credit Visa” service, which could put easy tourist visas within the reach of China’s most high-potential overseas spenders. Designed for overseas-bound travelers (particularly members of Alibaba’s online travel agency, […]

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