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Trip.com reveals new trends in global travel attractions


At the Trip.com Group Envision 2024 Global Conference held in Shanghai on 30 May 2024, travel and technology experts gathered to discuss the future of tourism, particularly focusing on attractions and tours.

Tencent's WeChat Pay expands coverage to the Maldives amid rebound of Chinese holidaymakers heading overseas


The Chinese tech giant on Monday signed a three-year deal with the tourism authorities of the Republic of Maldives to jointly promote WeChat Pay - known as Weixin Pay on the mainland - to merchants in the archipelagic state, according to a statement by Tencent.

Shanghai Disney Resort to adopt new 6-tier pricing


Shanghai Disney Resort announced a new six-tier pricing structure for admission to Shanghai Disneyland effective from Nov 24, adding two additional tiers to its current pricing ladder.

ITB China 2024 kicks off in Shanghai


Yesterday marks the opening of ITB China 2024 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center, a key B2B expo focusing on China’s travel industry.

Xiaohongshu and Trip.com invested PMS startup Smart Order eyes global expansion


Smart Order (locally known as DingDanLaiLe), an alternative accommodation PMS solution provider in China, announced that it has secured a strategic investment from social media platform Xiaohongshu and existing shareholder Trip.com Group.

Air China resumes direct flights between Beijing and Havana


Air China has resumed its direct flights between Beijing and Havana, which were suspended during the pandemic.

China to fully implement visa-free policy for cruise tourists


Starting from May 15, 2024, foreign tourist groups (of two or more people) arriving in China by cruise ship and organized by Chinese travel agencies can enter and stay without a visa for up to 15 days through the cruise ports of 13 cities.

China extends visa-free travel for 12 countries until end of 2025


China has decided to extend visa-free travel for a total of 12 countries until December 31, 2025, permitting unrestricted entry for short stays.

Harbin Ice and Snow World Closes with Record-breaking Attendance


Due to temperature rise and safety concerns, the hugely popular Harbin Ice and Snow World dropped its curtain on Feb 15 evening. Since opening on December 19, 2023, the winter wonderland has drawn record-breaking visitor numbers from around the country and the world, with around 30,000 visitors to the park every day, nearly double pre-pandemic records.

WTTC says Saudi Arabia, China, India lead investment in travel while Canada lags


Saudi Arabia and China are investing heavily in the travel and tourism economy. But Canada is just beginning to catch up after years of cutbacks, according to The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTCC).