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Three Kinds of Chinese Tourists Are Shaping Travel

Three Kinds of Chinese Tourists Are Shaping Travel | The Insight Files | Scoop.it
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It wasn’t long ago that tourism packages were selling out in seconds online in China. While there are no shortage of Chinese desiring to travel — China’s National Tourism Bureau estimated 77 million outbound travelers in 2012, roughly equivalent to the population of Germany – the kinds of trips people are taking are changing. So are the reasons why they are taking them. The three most prominent groups of Chinese tourists today are honeymooners, “silvers”, and donkey friends, according to Design Mind..

 

As Generation X, the first generation of the one-child policy, reaches their twenties and thirties, their well-to-do parents are anxious to give them a happy send-off into married life. Many young Chinese couples use the occasion of their nuptials to take their first trip abroad. Over the past few years, the Maldives has emerged as a popular destination. In 2010, 12,000 Chinese tourists visited.

 

Read the full story here: http://red-luxury.com/travel-tourism/three-kinds-of-chinese-tourists-are-shaping-travel 

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Five secrets only good travellers know

Five secrets only good travellers know | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

THE best travel experiences are always the ones that almost didn't happen. That bar you found around the corner, down the alley and up the lane, or the city you got stuck in because you missed your flight.

 
Well, now you can cultivate a serendipitous experience with these hidden gem-finding tools. Here are five tech tools to help you put the ‘plan’ in your ‘unplanned’ travel moments.
 
NearMe 
 
NearMe is a mobile app guide to help you get the most out of ending up in an unplanned city. Featuring location services, NearMe can find out where you are, give you a run-down of the bars, events, gigs and restaurants in your vicinity and then help you get there – all with handy map functionality. With global support ticked off, it’s perfect for when you miss your flight and end up in Hong Kong for an extra day. Just add Wi-Fi. 
 
 
Every would-be traveller should have an oft-tripped friends who can drop restaurant recommendations for London at the same time as they give you the best hotel for a New York stay. TripGems takes travel recommendations up a notch by giving you access to a database of the personal recommendations of well-travelled folk the world over. That café that took Anita from Auckland three years to find? You can hit that in a weekend trip and live to tweet to about it!
 
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