Mailman X Business Weekly | August 9th

Mailman X Business Weekly | August 9th 

Here is China’s top tourism business news that you need to know from this week:

New Retail in China
The retail world is evolving at a dizzying pace, and this transformation goes far beyond online shopping. The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (39.9 billion USD revenue in 2018 and more than 600 million active buyers) has understood this well. Read more here. 

Mailman Take: 
The line between online and offline is continually blurring in the United States, however, it is moving even faster in quick digital markets like China. Consumers expect fast convenience at their fingertips and in person. As the digital landscape morphs and platforms rise and fall it is equally important to consider offline campaigns that can bring your destination/product to China. This is a very simple video to see some of the conveniences Alibaba offers consumers on a daily bases. 

Also This week:

Beijing’s catch-22 
It’s been just 22 years since Hong Kong reverted to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, after 156 years of British colonial rule. Recent events in Hong Kong suggest that the long British rule has left considerable English influence on the ethnic Chinese of the region. Though the older English-speaking generation is on the wane, the young English-speaking millennials seem to be spearheading a political movement for democracy and social justice. Read more here

OpenDNA partners with Perth Airport to offer online and mobile shopping solution to Chinese travelers 
OpenDNA’s Roolife online e-Commerce marketplace enables businesses to sell directly to Chinese consumers, based on their profiles and purchasing behaviors, and process payments via the Wechat and Alipay mobile payments platforms. Besides, the Group’s other product offerings include Daishu™ e-commerce recommendation engine, Mimotoconversational analytics, and Synapse™ business intelligence dashboard. Read more here.

New economy companies offer key to growth 
China’s economy has maintained stable growth, increasing 6.3 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2019. China Daily invited senior executives of multinational companies to share their views on the nation’s economic development and outlook. Read the interview here.

Chinese Spreading their wings: the lure of long haul travel 
With more direct services from some of China’s secondary cities, it seems that Chinese travelers are going further in search of adventure and new experiences.  Increasingly the UAE is drawing high spending visitors with its attractive position as a premium leisure destination. Read more here

Ctrip and Sicily boost tourism co-operation with strategic partnership 
Tourism is a vital aspect of Italy-China bilateral co-operation. Italy is already one of the most popular destinations in Europe for Chinese visitors and continues to attract more visitors every year. In the first half of 2019, according to Ctrip data, hotel reservations in Italy experienced year-on-year growth of 200%, making Italy the top destination for Chinese tourists in Europe. Read more here.

Air China Cancels last direct flight linking Beijing, Honolulu 
The Beijing-based carrier will suspend its CA837 and CA838 flights, the only current direct links between the two cities, starting Aug. 27, it said on its official Weibo account today citing only capacity management as the motive behind the change. The firm will arrange refunds for those affected. There are still more than 40 daily flights with layovers connecting Honolulu and Beijing, offered by Air China, China Eastern, All Nippon, Hawaiian and United Airlines. Read more here.

Chinese officials have finally discovered twitter.  What could go wrong? 
But now the country’s diplomatic corps – from the ambassador to Washington downwards – has started exploring the world of cyberspace beyond the country’s “Great Firewall” as they seek to react to growing criticism of Beijing’s policies in the US and other Western countries. Read more here.

Four travel apps for the tech-savvy tourist in Asia
Chinese start-up Qiantech is using augmented reality (AR) to enhance the travel experience. The company has teamed up with a series of tourist attractions, travel companies and China’s mounting collection of smart cities – urban hubs that are created around pioneering technology, such as cashless payment systems and artificial intelligence traffic management systems – to provide engaging, interactive adventures for travelers. Read more here.

Beijing Daxing International Airport will be fully operational by the end of September 
Beijing Daxing International Airport(IATA:PKX,ICAO:ZBAD) is located in Daxing District, Beijing. It is the third airport in Beijing that is available for civilian aircraft. The airport is expected to have several phases. The first phase will include 4 runways, 700,000 square meters area of the terminal building, and 92 parking bays.  

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