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Maldives, Malaysia, Germany and Budweiser: the biggest new China travel deals

Updated: Jun 7

Zhongxin and Huazhu partner with German Tourism Board

Zhongxin Tourism Group, in collaboration with Chinese hotel group Huazhu and the German National Tourist Board, continues to deepen its presence in the German tourism market. They have exclusively launched the "Panoramic Germany - 13-Day World Heritage Tour" and "15-Day Comprehensive German World Heritage Tour," which premiered at the 2024 ITB Shanghai International Tourism Expo. These products offer unique cultural experiences, covering 13 World Heritage sites in Germany and are designed for small groups of under 20 people, providing an immersive experience of Germany's history, art, and culture. Group and Malaysian Tourism Department deepen strategic cooperation

On May 29th, Group and the Malaysian Tourism Department held an MOU signing ceremony at the Shanghai Expo Exhibition Center, further expanding their cooperation beyond China to the Asia-Pacific region, including Malaysia and Singapore.

Budweiser Asia Pacific and Group forge strategic partnership

Budweiser Asia Pacific and Group have signed a strategic cooperation agreement in Shanghai, looking to promote a new "beer + tourism" mode of travel. This partnership will leverage marketing, data insights, business travel services, and precise channels to tap into the potential of combining tourism and beer, injecting new growth momentum into the domestic consumption market.

WeChat Pay and Maldives Tourism Board sign cooperation memorandum

During the 2024 ITB Shanghai International Tourism Expo, the Maldives Tourism Board and WeChat Pay signed a three-year cooperation memorandum. The collaboration aims to integrate WeChat Pay across more merchants in the Maldives, providing Chinese tourists with a convenient payment experience.

Thailand launches 180-day digital nomad visa

According to Thai Prime Minister's Office website on May 28th, the country's cabinet has agreed to implement a number of tourism promotion policy measures. The first is to expand the number of visa-free entry countries and extend the visa-free stay period, allowing citizens of 93 countries and regions to enter Thailand visa-free and stay for up to 60 days. The second measure is to open visa-on-arrival to countries where Thailand does not have embassies or consulates.

The third is to open the "Destination Thailand Visa" for digital nomads. Previously, the Thai government did not have a special visa for remote workers, but recognizing the benefits this group could bring to Thailand, it has now established this visa. According to the cabinet meeting minutes, applicants for the "Destination Thailand Visa" need to pay a security deposit of 500,000 baht (approximately US$13,700), which can be refunded upon leaving Thailand. This visa allows each stay in Thailand for up to 180 days, with a handling fee of 10,000 baht (approximately $270) and a validity period of 5 years, and it can be converted into other types of visas.

Guangzhou Direct Flight to Hungary Ignites Summer Tourism in Eastern Europe

China Southern Airlines announced the launch of a new direct flight route from Guangzhou to Budapest starting June 27, with flights operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. In conjunction with this route, GZL and China Southern Airlines have initiated the "Melodies of Eastern Europe - Summer Dream" themed event.

Egyptian Tourism Authority predicts 300,000 Chinese tourists this year

At this year's International Tourism Exchange, Amr El-Kady, Director of the Egyptian Tourism Authority, predicted that Egypt will welcome 300,000 Chinese tourists this year. Last year, Egypt received 230,000 Chinese visitors.

Hainan Airlines opens Shenzhen-Vienna route

On May 29, Hainan Airlines launched its Shenzhen-Vienna HU789 direct flight, marking the first direct flight from Shenzhen to Vienna since the pandemic and the ninth international route from Shenzhen operated by Hainan Airlines, with flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Bahrain opens first direct flight route to China

On the evening of May 28, Bahrain launched a direct flight from Bahrain International Airport to Shanghai Pudong Airport, marking Bahrain's first direct flight route to China. Gulf Air will also start direct flights from Bahrain to Guangzhou, with daily flights between Bahrain and China.

China Southern Airlines to resume direct flights from Guangzhou to Perth in November

China Southern Airlines plans to resume its direct flights from Guangzhou to Perth, Australia, starting November 28. The route will operate three times a week, with flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

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