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Middle-aged Chinese tourists lead use of mobile payments abroad during Lunar New Year holiday

Middle-aged Chinese travellers were the country’s biggest spenders abroad during the recent Lunar New Year holiday, as these older tourists led the use of mobile payments to go shopping overseas, according to an Alipay study. That finding, drawn from the more than 40 markets where Alipay is accepted, covered two groups who used the popular mobile payments platform: those born in the period 1960 to 1969 and 1970 to 1979. They were “the main driving force in outbound tourism and overseas consumption”, according to the report from Alipay, a unit…

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Dublin to build on popularity among Chinese tourists, wants more direct flights to Hong Kong

Ireland is keen to expand the number of flights between Hong Kong and Dublin this summer, with the aim of attracting more Chinese tourists, Michael D’Arcy, minister of state of the Republic of Ireland’s Finance Department, said in an interview. The Cathay Pacific service to Dublin that started in June 2018 runs four times a week, and D’Arcy is negotiating for an expansion to five or six flights a week. The Hong Kong service is the first between an Asian city and Dublin, followed by Beijing, and has contributed to…

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Quảng Ninh considers fee reduction for tourists arriving by air – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

The runway at Vân Đồn International Airport. — VNA/VNS Photo Văn Đức Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The northern province of Quảng Ninh is considering reducing bus fares from Vân Đồn International Airport to Hạ Long’s city centre and entrance tickets to popular attractions like Hạ Long Bay and Yên Tử for tourists arriving by air. Nguyễn Đức Long, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said the move was aimed at attracting more tourists to the northern province on flights to Vân Đồn International Airport, which was…

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Thailand opens its biggest luxury shopping playland – and looks to wealthy Chinese tourists to make it a hit

The owners of a splashy riverside project in Bangkok of luxury shops, high-end condos and a large performance auditorium are tying their success to tourists – aiming to attract 250,000 a day, mostly from mainland China and Hong Kong. The US$1.6 billion Iconsiam’s first phase opened on November 10. It features such international brands as Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Apple, as well as 300 local food and handicraft stalls representing the Southeast Asian country’s 77 provinces, plus the Magnolias Waterfront Residences and The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. It will…

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Mainland Chinese will overtake Americans to become largest group of international tourists by 2030, says Euromonitor

Tourists from mainland China are set to overtake Americans to become the biggest group of international travellers, according to a study by Euromonitor International. The number of Chinese people taking trips abroad will more than double to 259 million in 2030 from 97.5 million this year, said the report, unveiled at the World Travel Market in London. That number will far outweigh the US in second place with 159 million outbound trips, and Germany with 138.6 million. Chinese tourist numbers surge as overseas travel becomes easier Currently the US leads…

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Arabia: the new Mecca for Chinese medical tourists? | This Week In Asia

AFTER AN UNSUCCESSFUL treatment for chordoma, a rare type of bone cancer, 57-year-old grandmother Li decided to look beyond the borders of her home in China. In January 2016, Li (not her real name) used an intermediary to arrange eight weeks of proton therapy at Hyogo Ion Beam Medical Centre outside Osaka, Japan. Li is one of a growing number of Chinese patients heading abroad for life-saving and complex procedures because of the unavailability of certain treatments and an overburdened medical system at home. Following the lead of destinations like…

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Hongkongers, tourists tell the Excelsior: thanks for the memories

Paul Wong has had a lifelong love affair with the Excelsior, the four-star hotel overlooking Victoria Harbour that will soon be torn down to make way for more offices. He took a date to one of its restaurants. That date would become his wife. The couple continued to go to the hotel for celebrations. Eventually, they took their son there. The hotel’s story is stitched into his own life story as well. “We remember the revolving doors, the food, the atmosphere,” said Hongkonger… Source link

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