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When is the best time to travel in China?
It is widely known that the peak season to visit China is spring (March, April, May) and fall (September, October). In 2017, 49% of the visitors started their vacation in March, April, May or October. However, June, July, August, September, November, and December are also favorites of the tourists for months to kick off a tour of China. January and February represent a clear low season with only 5% of travelers starting their trip during these two months.How many days do people spend in China?
55% of the people who visited China, spent one to three days touring China in 2017. Considering that few people would buy an international flight to China in order to spend only a couple of days there, these figures suggest that most of these visitors have not traveled to China on vacation; rather, they are transit passengers or business travelers who take one or two days off during their trip to relax and do some sightseeing. One or two days is more than enough time to see the most popular sights in most major cities in China.Where to go in China?
Beijing is clearly the top choice for first-time visitors to China. According to our statistics, 88.26% of first-time guests visited Beijing in 2017, compared to 30.23% for Xi’an and 30.10% for Shanghai, the other two most popular travel destinations in China. Guilin and Chongqing also received their fair share of visitors. Shanghai receives so many business tourists on each May since the city is the host to one of the most important B2B travel exhibition in the world, ITB China. This year, ITB China will be held between the dates of May 16-18, 2018, at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center. HotelsPro will be at stand no: 350, waiting for its partners to get together.

As HotelsPro, we are the leading marketplace for the travel professionals globally. With the strength we get from our in-house developed technologies, we help travel professionals to access hospitality products with accurate results and steady prices immediately with one click. We are good at what we are doing with our far-reaching portfolio of 600,000+ hotels. In this portfolio of 600,000 hotels, HotelsPro accommodates hundreds of selected hotels, three of which are Hilton, Marriott & Starwood as connected chains.Hilton: Our Long Fellow Traveller

Hilton Hotels & Resorts is a global brand of full-service hotels and resorts and the flagship brand of Hilton, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising 5,200+ properties in 78 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton, and Hilton Grand Vacations.

Marriott & Starwood: Our Select Partner

Marriott International, Inc. is a leading global lodging company with whom we cooperate for more than 3,500 properties. Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, LLC that is a subsidiary of Marriott International, has been activated for all of our partners. We would like to kindly remind you that, there are around 1.300 hotels and resorts across 11 brands including St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Westin, Sheraton, Le Meridien, Design Hotels, Tribute portfolio, Element, A Loft and Four Points in nearly 100 countries.

As an expert in online reservation systems, HotelsPro works to make its clients’ lives easier, simpler and more efficient with its technology. HotelsPro offers the most user-friendly system with tailor-made solutions. If you would like to access to high-quality hotels like Hilton, Marriott & Starwood and offer them to your clients just sign in to your HotelsPro account. HotelsPro is always there for you to unlock the world of travel!

China’s tourism industry has been flourishing over the past few decades to end up one of the world’s best inbound and outbound tourism markets. It is one of the quickest developing businesses in the country and is the new development zone in their strive for economic development. The blast in travel can be accredited to a few variables including change and opening, the rise of new wealth & disposable incomes, demand to see the world, and the ease and control on travel restrictions; all of which, make China the third most visited country in the world.

The total number of overseas tourists in 2017 was 143 million. Revenue from China’s travel industry in 2017 was $234.8 billion. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reported that China saw 143 million visitors in 2017, ranking it the world’s third-leading travel destination. Further, some 4.88 billion domestic trips were made, an increase of 10 percent from the previous year. China and its tourism industry is a very attractive destination for tourists and visitors. With promotional campaigns, numerous online travel companies and custom fitted travel packages, making a trip to China is simple and turning into the preferred choice. Referring to the nation’s broad and diverse culture, heritage sites, and culinary arts, The UNWTO has anticipated that China will turn into the world’s top travel destination by 2020. The country has demonstrated efficiently they can fulfill the broadened needs of voyagers. Over the last decade, China has surpassed all other Asian nations to end up the pioneer in global tourism in the Asia Pacific region. Evaluations show that inbound travel to China will develop to 188 million by 2018, making the nation the most prominent tourist destination in the world after 2018, outperforming Japan and the United States.
History

Having been shut to a large portion of the outside world for nearly three decades, China’s veil was lifted when in the late 1970s Deng Xiaoping vigorously promoted China tourism as a means of earning foreign exchange. It was then that China began to build up its tourism industry. The country’s economic development throughout the 1980s led to an explosion in improvements, notably in their tourism industry. Huge interest in China’s tourism programs prompted real facilities constructions, renovations on targeted tourist destinations and the training of an expert hospitality and tourism workforce. By the middle of the decade, 250 places were opened to foreign visitors, remunerating China’s tourism industry with almost 1.4 million foreigners and US$1.3 billion in tourism income. This was due in great part by the expansion of both the domestic and international air and ground transport, which made travel more advantageous.

Right now, China boasts being the biggest domestic tourist market in the world. This has maintained the nation’s travel industry with an average 20 percent development year on year. From 2000 to 2009 China’s tourism revenue expanded 145%.
Tourism Factors

As indicated by the China National Tourism Administration, a record 143 million mainland tourists traveled overseas in 2017. This number is an increase of 5 million from the earlier year. In total, 138 million overseas guests came to China, up 3.5 percent year on year. In the meantime outbound, tourism is strong, with domestic Chinese travelers making 127 million trips last year, bringing revenue of US$126 billion. By 2020, industry experts have anticipated that China will top the tourism industry list at US$688.5 billion.

These figures demonstrate that China’s tourism industry is developing long ways. Key indicators show that for the first time in China’s travel industry history, the quantity of mainland tourists going abroad has surpassed that of inbound voyagers. “China’s tourism has entered a new round of golden development, thanks to fast economic development, the growth of people’s incomes and further opening-up,” stated the China National Tourism Administration. Besides, the agency stated, “It is very possible that in a few years’ time the number of Chinese traveling overseas will be bigger than the total number of overseas tourists coming in.”
Benefits of Visiting

China is an amazingly exotic, culturally enriching country with thousands of years of history to discover and see. Travelers can tour many places and witness marvelous sites like the Great Wall of China, the Yangzte river, and other countless natural attractions & cultural relics. The country is full of awe-inspiring and memorable experiences. The favorable exchange rate of the Yuan to other currencies is also a bonus. The Chinese tourism industry is increasing its language skills to meet the demands of foreign travelers in order to provide ongoing quality and professional tours. Finally, some B2B trade fairs like ITB China help both exhibitors and visitors gain insight regarding China because this kind of fairs exclusively focuses on the Chinese Travel Market. Next ITB China will be held between the dates of May 16-18, and HotelsPro will take its place at Stand no: 350.

 

Where new developments in European tourism are concerned, the significant and steady development of the Balkans as a destination for vacations and travel is a standout amongst the top trends in recent years.

Between the years of 2013 and 2016, there have been six nations where evenings spent by foreigners ascended by a rate of more than 10 percent every year: aside from Iceland, they are exclusively Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, and Romania). The main country in the region which seems to be left out of the boom is  Bulgaria, regardless of whether that circumstance is changing.

Moving from the national level to the internal dynamics of particular states, Eurostat data uncover, in addition to other things, the particularly adjusted character of the development of tourism in Romania. While in different nations of the locale visits are moved in single territories, touristic development in Romania achieves a wide assortment of districts in the nation, from Transylvania to Bucharest, down to the Black Sea coast. Besides, Romania’s developing number of guests originates from a diverse range of countries: from Spain, Great Britain, Ukraine, and Turkey, to give some examples. In Europe, just Portugal has been experiencing such a sustained and globally diffuse growth in inbound tourism. Regarding the other Balkan countries, foreign tourism in Greece, Croatia, and Montenegro has developed at slower rates in recent years, however certain regions in these countries have still experienced enormous development. This is the situation with Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, the most Eastern region of Greece. Among every one of the regions in Europe, it is here that foreign tourism has grown the most significantly in recent years: from 2013 evenings spent on average have risen 33 percent year on year. This development is mostly because of the increasing influx of tourists from Bulgaria and Romania (750,000 more nights spent in 2014 than in 2012), enjoying above all the nearby Aegean coast.

The Balkans’ most popular country is Croatia, which welcomed 12.7 million guests in 2015 (Bulgaria sees the second-most, with 7.1 million). This year CNN suggested avoiding its most well-known destination, Dubrovnik, altogether. A year ago, the UK’s Telegraph claimed the Unesco heritage city on the Adriatic had been “ruined.” The reason is cruise ships.

The city of 42,000 sees almost a million guests every year, 80 percent of which come for a couple of hours from cruise ships and pour onto Dubrovnik’s cobbled streets at numbers of more than 10,000 a day. The circumstance recently provoked Unesco’s director Mechtild Rössler to indicate this overcrowding could threaten the city’s heritage status. In the meantime, the Croatia Traveler blog posts cruise schedules savvy travelers can avoid the majority. Another alternative is skipping Dubrovnik totally.

 

As HotelsPro, we are proud to announce that Mohamed Abdel Moneim is our new Regional Director for the Middle East, Africa, and India. Mr. Moneim’s appointment is an important step towards strengthening HotelsPro’s already potent presence in the MEAI region and furthering its position at the forefront of the travel industry.

Mohamed Abdel Moneim has served as versatile and key business leader with over 28 years’ experience in overseeing various aspects of sales and marketing, operational excellence and revenue/profitability improvement in the travel industry.

Mohamed Abdel Moneim will be in charge of implementing and managing the business activities, identify new market opportunities and define the actions required to bring a new dynamic to our company and generate further growth in the MEAI region.

We believe that his significant experience in steering organizations in multinational global companies in addition to identifying lucrative opportunities to grow business and sales will add value to our company.

We wish him an excellent integration and success within the HotelsPro Team.

Many travel industry executives are hopeful that new technologies, such as artificial intelligence can make their businesses wittier and more effective while a lot of travel industry workers think about whether they’ll, in the end, be replaced by robots and self-driving cars. But, emerging technologies don’t slow down the travel industry work development, not yet.

Travel jobs comprehensively developed last year even as new technologies and platforms made their debuts, in spite of relatively modestly compared with what may be around the corner.

One of every five employments that were made universally in 2017 were in the travel industry, as per WTTC’s data. Around 119 million occupations overall a year ago were specifically attributed to tourism, and the industry made two million new employment. It’s significant that numerous travel companies haven’t considered using technologies like artificial intelligence yet, or if they have, they’re still in the beginning stages of experimentation in making sense of how travelers react to managing chatbots versus a human. The full impact of technology’s effect on travel employment likely won’t turn out to be clear for quite a long while.

Around 135,000 new tourism jobs were added in the United States last year. Tourism straightforwardly supported around 14 million employees in the United States last year and was one of the nation’s best occupation delivering industries.


More than 1.94 million employees worked in lodging, airlines, food, and beverage, such as hotels as of December, a 1.5 percent jump, in comparison to one-year earlier period. More than 15.8 million worked in the general hospitality industry as of December, with a 2.6 percent increase.

Travel is one of the main industries that you can enter that people don’t really require a specific education, they wouldn’t see that in an industry like healthcare or finance. Furthermore, you can move up the ladder travel, too.

Joined States had the world’s biggest tourism industry in 2017, creating $1.5 trillion domestic product to the nation’s economy, a 2.3 percent expansion year-over-year. That is lower in contrast with the development rates in China (9.8 percent), the United Kingdom (6.2 percent), and Spain (7 percent).

Kazakhstan International Exhibition KITF has been held since the year of 2000. The exhibition serves as a wide-ranging professional platform for the touristic industry of the whole Central Asian Region and is justly considered to be the pinnacle event of the touristic sector of Kazakhstan.  Leading experts of the exhibition industry have assigned KITF with the reputable quality mark – UFI Approval (from the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) for the conformity with the global standards of B2B platforms.

As Hotelspro, we will take our place in this unmissable event, which will cover three days, from April 18 to April 20, 2018. We will be waiting for industry professionals at Turkey stand in order to take next steps for our further partnership.

Russia is set to see a 20% expansion in visitor arrivals throughout the following four years fuelled by the facilitating of major sports events. Russia is hosting a variety of sports event throughout the following six years peaking with the FIFA World Cup in 2018. The schedule begins two months from now with Moscow’s hosting of the World Athletic Championships and the Rugby Sevens World Cup. Additionally in 2013 is the Universiade (University Games) in Kazan, while 2014 sees Sochi have the Winter Olympics.

These occasions will convey an expanded concentration to the Russian inbound tourism industry which will enable guests to peak at in excess of 28.3 million – up 20% on 2012’s incoming sightseers’ figure of 23.7 million. The Euromonitor International report reveals this increase will be mainly fuelled by European destinations with Finish visitors increasing by 16% to nearly 1.3 million visitors in 2016. Polish visitors will increase by 25% to 857,000 in 2016, visitors from the UK will increase by 17% to 250,000, with Turkish visitors rising by 19% to 243,000.Visitors from the US will also increase by 15% to 301,000 in 2018.

Right now, Russia’s biggest inbound markets are the previous Soviet republics of Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan for the most part because of the similar languages, historical links, and authentic connections, enabling tourists to meet rapidly with loved ones. Inbound visitors are additionally anticipated to increase from China because of the improvement of visa controls between Russia and China.

But, the report – The Travel Industry Global Overview – states that visa barriers are right now a noteworthy limitation for inbound tourism to Russia. Travelers from most nations require a visa to enter which must be gotten in advance. There are ongoing talks with the EU in regards to changes to the visa procedure.

Russia outbound tourism was expected to rise a normal 8% a year until 2016. Russian outbound distribution is quickly moving online with a 50% increase in online spend anticipated throughout the following four years. Developing Internet penetration, joined with the recession has supported online searched as explorers look for deals, primarily within inside transportation.

The discoveries are exceptionally positive for the Russian market. For whatever length of time that the visa restrictions are limited, Russia will see its tourism industry become significantly over the following couple of years. Russia will be exhibited to the world with the hosting of all the major sporting event occurring, this being the ideal chance to feature Russia as a tourism destination.

The number of trips by Russian nationals to European destinations diminished by 30-50% from 2015 to 2014. This is the most huge drop over the most recent twenty years. There is a boom in domestic tourism in Russia. The government promoted Sochi, Anapa, Gelendzhik, And Eysk on the coast of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov altogether the to drive the focus point of its inhabitants on Russian resorts.

In 2015, a normal hotel room in Moscow yielded 7% more than in 2014, in St. Petersburg the growth rate was 26.3%. Likewise in 2015, 60% of 100.000 appointments fell at domestic travel segment. The quantity of hotels bookings outside Moscow and St. Petersburg ascended by 70% in contrast with 2014. The government continues making considerable ventures to create local tourism to feel the hole develop domestic tourism to feel the gap. Nowadays there is a decrease in the number of Russian vacationers on the coastline of Tenerife or Mallorca than in earlier years. Then again, Russia appreciates an expansion in vacationer numbers particularly for its best destinations, for example, St. Petersburg and Moscow. The vast majority of the travelers going to Russia are from European nations, China, Iran, and India.

As the largest country, Russia offers a wide range of tourist opportunities to its foreign visitors. Russia is a transcontinental country, covering much of the eastern and northeastern Europe and the whole of northern Russia. Russia is including the 1/7 of our planet. Russia is home to 12 seas within its territory.

Russia is an old country with long history. To redefine its place in the international economy, it developed a focus on tourism activities. The tourism market shows a sustained growth recently, with main flows arriving at the most important cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg. The country shows significant potential for future development. There are several trends of the tourism sector in Russia. Here you can read the types of tourism in Russia and offer your clients a holiday in the lungs of Europe.

Space Tourism in Russia
Space tourism is a space travel program for leisure purposes. Several companies were produced to create sub-orbital space tourism industry in recent years. Space tourism opportunities are limited. Only Russian Space Agency is providing transport to date. In 2001 American Dennis Tito paid a reported $20 million to become the first space tourist to fund his trip to the ISS. A Soyuz TM-32 spacecraft launched the mission. As a crew member, he spent about eight days in orbit. Another six space tourists followed Tito before Russia canceled the program.

Culture Tourism in Russia
Recently, the most massive tourist area in Russia can be considered as Moscow, St. Petersburg and cruises on the Volga and Don Rivers.
A wide variety of incredible travel destinations Is available within the European part of Russia. The most popular routes Include the historic cities of the Golden Ring, riverboat cruises along the Volga River and up to the Russian North and Northwest. These routes invite you to experience Russian history, immerse yourself In the culture and learn its traditions. New cultural and educational travel destinations are being offered with every new tourist season.

Health Tourism in Russia
Medical Tourism is traveling to another country to receive specific medical services. The reasons for obtaining medical services in other countries could be the more affordable price, better service quality than in the land of residence. Also, people might be interested to discover the country itself and to make it a single package with medical treatments or medical checkup procedures. With the area of more than 17 million square kilometers, Russia is the biggest country in the world. According to World Health Organization reports, Russia has more clinics and medical workers than any other country in the world on a per-individual basis. The medical treatment price can be three times lower than the price for the same service in the USA and Europe. In specific areas, like laser eye surgery and heart surgery. Russian clinics offer the most advanced technologies available nowadays.

Ecotourism in Russia
Russia’s natural scenery has vast potential as an ecotourism destination. Russia is one of the top promising countries for the development of ecotourism. In Russia there are 35 national parks, 100 state nature reserves with total area – 33,5 million hectares, 68 state nature preserves of federal meaning, 2976 state nature preserves of regional meaning with total area – 67,8 million hectares, 1024 nature monuments, 31 natural parks of regional meaning, with total area 13,2 million hectares. Environmental heritage of the country can be seen in almost every region of the country. There are also some ecological tours in Russia that give the opportunity of exploring the country in the western part of the country. Additionally, in the Far Eastern State Marine Preserve with its seaside and 11 islands, you may observe the whales, silver pomfrets, swordfishes, tiger sharks, hammerhead sharks, toxic pufferfishes, white-bellied porpoises, and seals by walking around the preserve or diving.