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On February 28, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Costa Cruises officially took delivery of Costa Venezia, the Italian company's first ship designed specifically to offer the Chinese market the best of Italy.

Aiming to support Australia’s MICE sector, Tourism Australia’s dedicated business events team based in Shanghai focuses on raising awareness of the country’s business events offerings, as well as supporting Australian industry in securing incentive events from the Chinese market.

Tourism Ireland has reported the ongoing success of initiatives aimed at taking a larger share of the lucrative Chinese market, demonstrated in 2016, when 60,000 Chinese tourists visited Northern Ireland, many of which travelled by ferry to Belfast.

According to VisitBritain, in the first quarter (Q1) of this year, the UK welcomed a record 54,000 travellers from China who spent GBP91 million (USD119 million), a 27 percent increase in both measures compared to the corresponding period in 2016.

Bedat & Co, a Swiss luxury watch brand, has partnered with SECOO, a comprehensive luxury products- and e-services-based platform, to making its products formally available for sale in China through the e-commerce website.

During 2017 Dubai China Roadshow, Azel Casianan, assistant director, sales, Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, visited Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu and Guangzhou in order to extend business opportunities for the property.

In an effort to meet the needs of the growing number of Chinese visitors to Australia’s Northern Territory (NT), Tourism NT, has recently launched a mandarin-speaking tour guide training programme.