Mailman X Business Weekly | July 19

Mailman X Business Weekly | July 19th

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

China’s customized travel market worth RMB 100 billion, more products needed
Customized travel service has been around for a long time in China, but the segment really took off in 2016 with high demand for customization, the report said. Customized travel is an unrivaled form of travel. It offers professional consultation on itinerary design, any unexpected situations can be resolved during the trip, and there is a 24-hour service. Travelers can adjust their travel plans flexible, and they can enjoy an immersive experience. Read more here.

Mailman Take:
As international travel continues to increase from the Chinese market we continue to see major shifts from the desire and need to travel via group to independent travel.  Although travelers are becoming more savvy, basing their travel decisions off of friends and booking directly there will always be a desire for customized travel offerings.  As the consumers move from middle to upper class so does their desire to experience more and have a more hands-on luxury feel to their travel experiences. We will continue to see both FIT and the desire for new and unique experiences grow in demand/desire.

Also this week:

Travel website Mafengwo unveils road trip offerings 
Chinese travel website Mafengwo recently unveiled its road trip column and 12 classic itineraries for destinations from home and abroad, in a promotion event in Beijing. It also announced its plan to provide travelers with one-stop road trip services by partnering with premium carmakers like Jaguar Land Rover, car rental platforms and road trip destinations. Read more here.

Chinese Laundry Invents viral hygiene ledger for hotel bedding
A Chinese laundry has come up with a fresh idea aiming to assure hotel clients that their bed linen is washed properly, simultaneously birthing a new trending topic on microblogging platform Weibo. Wuhan Kunteng Laundry will install chips in bedding so that hotel customers may scan QR codes in the sheets and towels in order to verify that each item is cleaned for the new guests. Read more here

China’s Didi seeks to raise up to $2 billion amid Uber revival
Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing Technology Co. is looking to raise fresh funds in the hope that investor enthusiasm in the sector has recovered after initial public offerings of Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. Read more here. 

Chinese travelers show increasing interest in North Korea tours
The number of Chinese visitors to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea increased significantly in 2019, up by 30% to 50% compared with previous years, Global Times reported. A travel agency in Dandong, the largest Chinese border city facing Sinuiju of North Korea across the Yalu River, said the international trains from China to North Korea capital Pyongyang, have been fully booked every day from July to mid-October. Read more here.

Ctrip teams up with 10 ride-hailers worldwide to offer mobility in 785 cities
China’s largest online travel agency Ctrip announced in a press release on Friday that it has integrated 10 ride-hailing services across the world into its own app to offer various mobility services such as private ride-booking or a chartered van renting in 785 cities. Lyft, which offers ride-hailing service in the United States, ss on now Ctrip’s app. Grab, which is popular in Southeast Asia, is also linked up with Ctrip.  Read more here.

China has censored search engine just for kids 
In a country with censorship as strict as China’s, it can be hard for authorities to ensure every trace of anything deemed inappropriate is expunged from the internet. Now, state-owned media outlet Xinhua is making a new search engine app designed just for kids. Read more here.

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