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Chinese tourists: Easier visas, more choices

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - 23 October 2013

Mauritius and Jordan recently joined the initiatives flow of simplifying visa applications for Chinese tourists with an obvious purpose of attracting the most talented and influential market.

BEIJING - After George Osborne, the British Chancellor of Exchequer unveiled Britain's initiatives on simplifying their visa applications for Chinese visitors about a week ago, good news coming along one by one.

Jordan Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed their Chinese counterpart recently that Jordan will commence the visa-on-arrival policy to Chinese visitors as an alternative to applying Jordan visas from the embassy on condition that visitors from China need to show their valid passport, inform the border staff of addresses during their stay in Jordan as well as their visiting purposes. Certain fees will be charged according to different entry times i.e. JOD20 (abt. $28) for single entry, JOD30 (abt. $42) for double entries, multi-entry within half a year for JOD60 (abt. $85).

Meanwhile, related sources revealed that an mutual visa-free agreement between China and Mauritius will come into effect by the end of October, which declares that residents holding valid passports in one contracting party can legally enter, leave or transit in the other party within a maximum of 30 days.

The joining of Mauritius and Jordan has strengthened the community of overseas destinations that make every effort to attract Chinese visitors. In addition, according to professionals from travel agencies, Mauritius, sharing the name "Pearls of Indian Ocean" with Maldives and Seychelles, is more appealing to Chinese tourists than Jordan, though the latter has been benefited from a growing inflow of Chinese visitors during recent years.

With more and more participants adding to the team, Chinese tourists now have a wider range of choices to travel internationally with less efforts. In the meantime, Chinese tourism market has restructured itself remarkably after the application of the new tourism law, which, as indicated in previous articles, witnessed the overwhelming increase of independent and individual travelers compared to group tourists. And that, in a certain point of view, has promised a growing potential of Chinese market towards small-scale and unique-styled international destinations.

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http://www.traveldailynews.asia/news/article/53840/chinese-tourists-easier-visas-more

 

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Newlyweds intend to blow at least £5000 on their perfect honeymoon

11 October 2013, 00:01

The perfect honeymoon is changing - we're not just talking lying on the beach anymore, as many want to swim with sharks and bungee jump. Romance is alive - and kicking.

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Source:http://www.traveldailynews.asia/columns/article/49756

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Millennials spend more freely, complain more loudly and crave mobile devices for business and leisure travel

24-country study conducted by Harris Interactive examines "Future of Travel" by comparing business and leisure travel habits and preferences across generations.

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Top 10 spenders in international travel

 

The tourism source markets have been changing dramatically over the last decade

China, Russia and other emerging markets jumped to the first positions, in terms of tourism spending. China’s expenditure on travel abroad reached US$ 102 billion per year

1. China ($102 billion)
Statistics have consistently put China on the frontline as one of the rapidly growing tourism markets in the world. This has largely been attributed to reduced travel restrictions, enhanced urbanization, and increase in disposable incomes. These are some of the fundamental factors that have led to the dynamic growth in the number of Chinese travelers going on international trips. From 2000 to 2012, this number has increased from 10 million to 83 million and researchers are still predicting further growth in the years to come. Consequently, the money spent by Chinese tourists abroad has significantly increased. It is estimated that Chinese tourists spend approximately $102 billion in 2012 for tourism, a 40% jump from 2011 when it amounted to US$ 73 billion.

2. Germany ($83.8 billion)

As an economic powerhouse in Europe, Germans spend close to $83.8 billion annually in tourism. Just like many other Europeans, Germans have adapted an ostentations lifestyle and high standard of living. They are now one of the top spenders in the world in terms of international travel. Year by year, the number of Germans that take cross border trips is increasing. In 2012 there was no change in the Germans’ top outbound holiday destinations: Austria again took first place (17% market share), followed by Spain (16%) and Italy (13%).

3. USA ($83.7 billion)

Americans are known to be one of the biggest spenders when it comes to international travel. In 2012, 57.7 million U.S. travelers (+3% on 2011) went for vacation. About one third of American travelers visited Mexico. The other targeted destination by Americans was Canada receiving close to 12 million travelers from USA last year. Apart from these two countries, European countries represent the third most popular travel destination for American travelers with about 11 million travelers (+4% on 2011).

4. United Kingdom ($52.3 billion)

British citizens regard travel and tourism very important. This is the reason why they are presently considered as one of the biggest spenders in international tourism. Tourism spending from the UK has grown exponentially increasing by 4% in 2012. Rightly so, Britain has been able to maintain its place at the top as one of the major source markets.

5. Russian Federation ($ 42.8 billion)

It is no secret that Russia is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. After the Soviet times, Russia has experienced sharp increase in tourism – both domestic and international. In the year 2012, the country saw its tourism spending increase to almost $43 billion (+32% on 2012). This figure propelled the nation to become one of the best in terms of international tourism spending.

6. France ($38.1 billion)

To date, France remains one of the most frequently visited countries in the entire world. However, this does not mean that the French do not travel to other countries as well. French citizens spend a lot of money travelling overseas. Nevertheless, there was a sharp decline in international tourism spending – it is down by 6%.

7. Canada ($35.2 billion)

A discussion of top tourism spenders cannot be complete without mentioning Canada. Canadians now enjoy travelling more than ever before. Coming from an improved economy, most of the citizens can now afford to travel overseas and spend their money. This has put Canada on the frontline of the countries with a stable and strong spending on tourism. Over the last two years, the spending has gone up by 20% reaching $35.2 billion.

8. Japan ($28.1 billion)

Japan spending on international tourism and travel has reached a whopping $28.1 billion. As a leading economic powerhouse, the country has witnessed a sharp rise in outbound travel. Despite the existing disputes with China and the numerous earthquakes, Japan remains a force to reckon when it comes to international tourism and travel. Japanese citizens mostly state that the crisis will not affect their travel plans this year – a stable 21% plan to travel abroad more and an unchanged 54% will travel about the same. Overall, experts predict 3% growth for Japanese outbound travel this year.

9. Australia ($27.6Billion)

Australia is known for its wildlife and great tourist attractions. Also, Australians are among the top international spenders when it comes to tourism. With strong economy, there is no doubt that the future of Australian outbound tourism is bright. Economic activity is expected to grow at around three per cent over the next two years, consumer confidence is positive; the unemployment rate is forecast to remain low.

10. Italy ($26.2 billion)

Italians are also some of the biggest tourism spenders in the world. However, while European countries, such as Belgium, Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands generated a solid growth of outbound travel in 2012, Italy demonstrated slight decline in terms of the international tourism spending.

Source: http://www.traveldailynews.asia/news/article/53162/top-10-spenders-in-international

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Russians prefer to book their holidays at the last moment

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - 30 July 2013, 10:58

In 2012 Russians booked 73 per cent of their trips at the last moment, less than one month before departing. The habit of booking trips late has always been popular in Russia. Over the past five years the trend towards booking travel at the last moment has remained unchanged and has fluctuated hardly at all.

BERLIN – Booking one’s holidays at the last possible moment continues to be a popular trend: among the world’s most important travel markets last-minute bookings make up the biggest percentage of holidays. Russian citizens in particular prefer to book their holidays at short notice (less than a month before departing). This is the result of a special survey by IPK International’s World Travel Monitor, which was commissioned by ITB Berlin. Among the top ten international source markets for travel abroad (with at least one overnight) Russia reported the highest percentage of last-minute bookings. In 2012 Russians booked 73 per cent of their trips at the last moment, less than one month before departing. The habit of booking trips late has always been popular in Russia. Over the past five years the trend towards booking travel at the last moment has remained unchanged and has fluctuated hardly at all.

The Italian and Chinese markets also clearly belong in the same category. Unlike in Russia last-minute bookings in the above markets have declined. In 2008 69 per cent of Italian holidaymakers booked their trips at the last moment, whereas in 2012 that figure was only 64 per cent. In China the number of last-minute bookings fell from 73 per cent in 2008 to 62 per cent in 2012. At 58 per cent and 53 per cent respectively last-minute bookings in Japan and France were comparatively low, although both markets reported a slight upward trend. In 2008 the figure for Japan was 53 per cent and for France it was 51 per cent. At 46 per cent, the German market’s share of last-minute bookings was relatively high. However, compared with other western European countries this figure was below average.

When it comes to their next holidays the Dutch prefer to make their plans in advance. At 33 per cent the Dutch market reported the highest percentage of early bookings (four months or more before departing). Nevertheless, there is a shift taking place here too: over the last five years early bookings have fallen by 27 per cent. At 29 and 28 per cent respectively, the German and UK markets also reported a relatively high percentage of early bookings. In Germany last-minute bookings have fallen by six per cent since 2008, whereas in the UK they have risen slightly, by four per cent. Early bookings are of only minor importance in Russia, China and Japan. In 2012 only six per cent of Russian holidaymakers and eight per cent each of Chinese and Japanese travellers booked their trips four months or more in advance.

Commenting, Dr. Martin Buck, director of Travel & Logistics at Messe Berlin, said: “The fact that the various source markets report widely differing booking habits could carry an important message for all those commercial providers who are already operating in the respective markets or are planning to do so. The intense level of debate on this subject, which in Germany at least has been taking place over the last few years, is an indicator of how important the aspect of booking ahead is when buying a holiday. We are delighted that conducting market surveys of this kind gives us the opportunity to provide the travel industry with even more essential information that extends far beyond the traditional function of our show."

Source: http://www.traveldailynews.com/news/article/55931/russians-prefer-to-book-their

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