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Ecuador Cancels Visa-Free for Chinese Tourists


The Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated on Tuesday that, due to increased irregular immigration flows from China, the country will reinstate visa requirements for travelers from China starting July 1. When asked about Ecuador's suspension of visa-free policy, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lin Jian stated last Tuesday that the Chinese government firmly opposes any form of illegal immigration activities.


Chinese citizens can now apply for a multiple-entry, five-year visas to Australia


According to the Chinese Consulate Service Network, China and Australia have reached a mutual agreement around the issuance of five-year multiple-entry visas for eligible business, tourism, and family visit applicants. Effective immediately, both countries will grant visas that allow stays of up to 90 days per entry.


China and Malaysia mutually extend visa-free policy


China and Malaysia issued a joint statement recently, mentioning that China has agreed to extend the visa-free policy for Malaysian citizens until the end of 2025, and as a reciprocal arrangement, Malaysia will extend the visa-free policy for Chinese citizens until the end of 2026.


Several Chinese agencies report 400% YoY surge in summer holiday orders


The tourism market is heating up, and travel agencies in many Chinese regions are experiencing peak booking periods. According to interviews conducted by CCTV Finance in Shanghai, summer resort trips and outbound trips are the most popular products. Travel agency staff explained that currently, Chinese short-haul rural homestays and suburban tours are the main offerings, while long-haul summer resorts are also very popular. Many orders for June are already sold out, and some bookings are scheduled for after July. A person in charge of a travel agency in Shanghai said that they have seen a significant demand increase; the entire volume of orders has tripled or quadrupled compared to last year.


Douyin launches "No Hidden Fees" and "Stay Guarantee" standards for travel industry products


Recently, Douyin launched two new product standards for travel and accommodation products: "No Hidden Fees" and "Stay Guarantee," offering more standardised and regulated travel products via the short video platform. This move by TikTok's Chinese counterpart looks to optimise user experience in the travel industry, as it looks to compete with incumbent OTAs like Trip.com.



Western Australia global tourism brand "Roaming Dreamland" officially launched in China


Western Australia's acclaimed tourism destination brand "Roaming Dreamland" officially launched in Shanghai on June 13, 2024, with support from the Government of Western Australia.


Before the pandemic, China was Western Australia's largest international tourism consumption market. In 2019, a total of 73,000 Chinese tourists visited Western Australia, with a total expenditure of AUD 367 million. The release of this brand closely follows the announcement that China Southern's Guangzhou-Perth direct flight route will resume on November 28, 2024.


China Southern Airlines Guangzhou Baiyun to London Gatwick route officially launched


China Southern Airlines' Guangzhou Baiyun to London Gatwick route has officially commenced operations. This route is China Southern's second route from Guangzhou to London and will be operated by Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. With this, the number of direct round-trip flights operated by China Southern Airlines between Guangzhou and London (Heathrow and Gatwick airports) has increased to 20 flights per week, and the total direct round-trip flights operated by China Southern in London have increased to 42 flights per week.


China Southern will open Guangzhou to Budapest and Istanbul routes


China Southern Airlines plans to launch two international routes from Guangzhou to Budapest and Istanbul at the end of June.


Brussels direct flights to Shanghai resumed


Hainan Airlines of China recently resumed direct flights from Brussels to Shanghai. This is the first direct flight route added between China and Belgium after China implemented its visa-free policy toward Belgium. The first direct flight after the resumption departed around noon on the 18th local time, and Brussels International Airport held a special send-off ceremony. The Brussels-Shanghai route is scheduled to operate four flights per week. With this, there are now three direct flight routes from Brussels to China, including Beijing, Shenzhen, and Shanghai.



Xiamen Airlines July 31 to September 11 Paris route increased to five flights per week


With the Paris Olympics around the corner, Xiamen Airlines will increase its flights on the Xiamen-Paris route between July 31 and September 11 to operate flights every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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