March 30 (TravelAndy): Home-renting service provider Airbnb will now automatically send host and guest details to the Chinese government agencies, reports said.
The rule applies from Friday, March 30, 2018.
Airbnb hosts in China received en email from the company on March 28 saying the company was going to do this to follow local rules.
“Like all businesses operating in China, Airbnb China must comply with local laws and regulations, including privacy and information disclosure laws,” it said. Continue reading Airbnb China to disclose host & guest info to govt
February 24 (TravelAndy): Indonesia intends to promote 10 new tourist destinations as “the new Bali”, the South China Morning Post said.
The beautiful beaches and picturesque rice fields attract millions of tourists to Bali every year and Indonesia intends to cash in on the island’s popularity through this tourism promotion exercise. (ALSO READ: My 2016 prediction on Bali is coming true now)
Indonesia, which is looking to increase it’s tourism revenue from 4 per cent of the country’s GDP in 2014 to 20 per cent in 2019, is looking at China to be its major investor in this initiative. Chinese tourists outnumbered Australians for the first time in Indonesia in 2017 and the archipelago nation expects this trend to continue. Continue reading Indonesia to promote 10 ‘new Balis’
November 15 (TravelAndy): Millennials are set to be the driving force of growth in Chinese travel to Scotland, it has been revealed.
Chinese visitor numbers to the UK are expected to rise by almost half, from 260,000 to 384,000, over the next five years, VisitBritain predicts. Scotland currently accounts for almost a fifth (17%) of all Chinese visitors to the UK.
The rise in visitors from China to Scotland and the UK is expected to be driven by the young adult traveller. Research shows that the average age of Chinese visitors to the UK is younger than the average age of all inbound travellers. In 2016, half of Chinese visitors to the UK were aged between 25 and 44. Continue reading UK expects surge in Chinese tourists
Today (August 15, 2017) is India’s 70th Independence Day — a national holiday — and I am now in Bangalore, the IT city in South India’s Karnataka state.
I had been meaning to visit this city for a long time. Bangalore, per se, doesn’t have destinations which tourists come from far and wide to visit. What it has is a large number of beautiful places around it and this is what attracts visitors.
My agenda, however, has been a little different. I am in the city just to meet up with people.
I have several friends in Bangalore, many of whom have been asking me to visit for a long time and for some reason or another, it hadn’t just worked out till now. Earlier this month, I realised I could squeeze out a five-day leave, booked my tickets (with credit card points of course!) and here I was. Continue reading What makes a place memorable is its people
It’s not that I had never been to China. But, then you don’t really consider transit through somewhere as actually “going” there!
I have changed planes (and once, an airport) in China during two separate trips. But this time, I was actually intending to get into the country.
My quest for a Chinese tourist visa began at this website. Continue reading How to secure a China tourist visa
January 24 (TravelAndy): The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has recently announced visa-on-arrival facility for Chinese visitors.
We have approved a decision to grant visas on arrival at the country’s airports to visitors from the People’s Republic of China,” Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and the ruler of Dubai tweeted in his official Twitter account.
Previously, Chinese citizens had to apply for a visa before their arrival in the UAE. Continue reading UAE visa-on-arrival for Chinese citizens
December 5 (TravelAndy): Oman Air, the flagship carrier of the sultanate of Oman, is launching a new flight route between its capital Muscat and Guangzhou, China, from December 9, 2016.
Four times a week flight will take off from Muscat on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays; on the other hand it will depart from Guangzhou on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, said the airline.
The carrier will depart from Muscat at 10.15 and reach Guangzhou at 21.00. On its return, the flight will leave Guangzhou at 6.25 and arrive in Muscat at 11.00. Continue reading Oman Air to fly Muscat- Guangzhou from Dec 9
September 23 (TravelAndy): Air China has started flights between its capital city, Beijing and Warsaw, the capital of Poland, from on Wednesday, said reports.
One thousand trained interpretors have been recruited, who will give face to face guidance to visitors, with the aid of live video chat.
Shanghai being one of the prime tourist destinations in China, this service is expected to draw an increased number of tourists to the city.
February 28 (TravelAndy): Tibet will remain closed for foreign tourists till the end of March, CNN said.
The Chinese government announced the closure with effect from February 25.
No travel permit will be issued to international travellers seeking to visit Tibet during this phase. Continue reading Tibet closed for foreigners till March end
February 12 (TravelAndy): China has decided to ban tourism activities on the Xinjiang glacier, in a bid to conserve the fast eroding glacial layer, said reports.
By 2020, China hopes to put an end to glacier tourism and encourage holiday resorts, which will allow tourists to view the snow clad regions from afar.
Chinese government has requested support from all other countries, to execute ban on all glaciers that are located along the ancient Silk road route. Continue reading Ban on Xinjiang glacier access by 2020
December 29 (TravelAndy): In an attempt to lure back Chinese tourists, Nepal has decided to grant free visa to travellers from the country, said reports.
After the devastating earthquake in April, like several other countries, China had warned its citizens against travelling to Nepal. The travel advisory was officially lifted on December 25.
Chinese tourists will help rebuild Nepal’s tourism and economy, Sherdhan Rai, Nepal’s minister for information and communications technology told the media. Continue reading Nepal offers free to Chinese tourists