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Qatar Tourism Authority partners with Huawei to create a digital tourism ecosystem


The Qatar Tourism Authority has announced a partnership with Huawei to enhance Chinese tourists' travel experiences, and promote Qatar as a top destination for Chinese visitors. The collaboration will involve developing a comprehensive tourism ecosystem integrated with Huawei's product range, including SkyTone for data roaming, Huawei Wallet for payments, Petal Maps for promoting tourist attractions, and an AI travel assistant. This system aims to offer interactive, immersive travel experiences showcasing Qatar's scenic and cultural landmarks.


Cuba begins its Chinese tourism overhaul


The first direct flight from Beijing to Madrid to Havana arrived on May 17, marking a new chapter in China-Cuba tourism exchanges. The resumption of this route, coupled with visa-free entry and transit for Chinese citizens with regular passports, has injected new vitality into Cuba's tourism industry.


To bridge cultural differences and enhance service quality, Cuba's tourism industry has deeply researched Chinese tourists' habits and needs, such as avoiding the number "4" in room numbers and using the auspicious number "8". Additionally, considering the tea-drinking habit, hotels have equipped rooms with facilities for making tea.



European Cup boosts Chinese tour prices to $27,000


Europe is in the midst of a sports travel boom, as the European Cup and the Paris Olympics push visa queues back up to three months, and hotel prices rise 100%, particularly in Germany and France. Data from several travel agencies has seen bookings for European Cup travel products skyrocketing, with some tourists buying European travel packages for ¥180,000 ($25,000).


Tour operator costs in Germany have already risen by 30-40%, and some products are seeing peak season pricing one month in advance. According to Caissa Select, the price for the 10-day, 8-night European Cup tour in Germany (Munich semifinals + Berlin finals) starts at ¥189,999 ($27,000) per person. The 7-day, 5-night tour (Berlin finals) starts at ¥129,999 ($18,000) per person.


Shanghai Launches New Tourism Card


To optimise payments for incoming tourists, the "Shanghai Pass" has been relaunched. This anonymous card uses a prepaid model, with any remaining funds left in the card refundable upon exiting China. Available at various channels like airports and service outlets, it offers services in multiple languages to international users.



First night-time travel documentation service launched in Shanghai


With the peak summer outbound travel season approaching, Shanghai's Public Security Bureau Entry-Exit Management Department has launched its first night-time document service of the year to meet the high demand.


Trip.com Group reports Q1 net profit of ¥4.3 billion ($605.6 million)


On May 21, Trip.com Group announced its unaudited financial results for Q1 2024, with net revenue of ¥11.9 billion ($1.69 billion), a year-on-year increase of 29%, and a net profit of 4.3 billion RMB, a year-on-year increase of 26%.


Tongcheng travel reports Q1 net profit of nearly ¥400 million ($56.3 million)


On May 21, Tongcheng Travel released its Q1 2024 performance report, with a transaction volume of ¥65.9 billion ($9.1 billion), up 15.2% year-on-year, revenue of 3.866 billion ($535.2 million), up 49.5% year-on-year, and net profit attributable to shareholders of 397 million RMB, up 4.95% year-on-year.



Trip.com Group's large language model "Wendao" registered


On May 20, Shanghai Cyberspace Administration announced the registration of a new generative AI service "Wendao" by Trip.com Group, marking Shanghai's 29th registered generative AI service.


Fliggy and Los Angeles Tourism Board sign cooperation agreement


During the recent 14th China-US Tourism Leadership Summit in Xi'an, Fliggy and the Los Angeles Tourism Board signed a cooperation agreement to promote destinations, marketing, and tourism product development, aiming to serve Chinese cross-border tourists.


New Hefei to Osaka flight route


Starting July 28, China Eastern Airlines will launch a new direct flight from Hefei to Osaka, Japan, operating four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.


Air China's UK routes increase to 62 flights per week


Starting June 1, Air China will increase its UK routes to 62 weekly flights, including the new Beijing Capital to London Gatwick route, operating daily with an Airbus A330.


Nanjing to Melbourne direct flight launched


From June 28th, China Eastern Airlines' Jiangsu branch will open a new direct flight route from Nanjing to Melbourne, operating three times a week.


Delta Air Lines increases Shanghai-Detroit route to daily


On May 23, Delta Air Lines increased its Shanghai to Detroit route from three times a week to daily, offering convenient one-stop connections to nearly 90 destinations in the US and Canada.



Fuzhou to New York route resumes


On May 20, the Fuzhou to New York passenger route resumed after four years, operating twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays.


German Tourism Bureau's China digital tourism study tour


On May 16, the German National Tourist Board held the China Digital Tourism Study Tour in Shenzhen, aiming to provide training on the latest digital trends and tools in tourism marketing to industry professionals. This included a focus on the importance of sustainability and inclusive tourism development.


Saudi Tourism Authority launched new travel packages through major Chinese trade partners


This summer, several leading Chinese travel agencies will offer new travel packages to Saudi Arabia. Chinese tourists will be able to book these specially designed tours, created in collaboration with the Saudi Tourism Authority and partners like Ctrip, Tongcheng, Tuniu, Bajiuzhou, Jinjiang, and 6renyou.



Fiji Tourism Board promotes new luxury experiences with Dong Luxury Travel Connection


Recently, the Fiji Tourism Board, in partnership with Fiji Airways, participated in the Dong Luxury Travel Connection event held at the Sanya Edition Hotel. They engaged in one-on-one discussions with 55 luxury travel agency buyers, promoting Fiji's unique travel resources and products. The event showcased new luxury resorts, spa retreats, and exclusive private island resorts to 174 buyers, highlighting Fiji's diverse luxury travel offerings.


"GO! Norway Sustainable Deep Travel" Promotion Held in Shanghai


On May 22, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai, in collaboration with Visit Norway, Hurtigruten Cruises, and Scandinavian Airlines, hosted the "GO! Norway Sustainable Deep Travel" promotion at Jinchao 8 Lane. Nearly 80 media and travel industry representatives attended to explore Norway's rich sustainable travel resources. The Norwegian team, including the Consulate General, Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Seafood Council, and the Norwegian Business Association in China, will also launch a week-long series of events titled "Norway Now."

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