Chinese Tourism Is Becoming Increasingly Important
PHOTO: Vienna (Photo by Brian Major)
Chinese tourists are becoming one of the most coveted segments of the travel industry and cities such as Vienna are seeing a noticeable surge in the number of Chinese travelers they welcome each year. A total of 162,000 Chinese visited Vienna in 2015, a 16 percent surge from the year before, reported the Shanghai Daily.
Clearly, China’s booming middle class is at the heart of the surge.
"China will overtake Japan and become the second-largest non-European market behind the United States (for Vienna tourism)," Norbert Kettner, director of the Vienna Tourist Board, said in a recent interview with Xinhua.
Vienna is investing a lot of advertising money and marketing resources to reach the highly digitized market.
"We do a lot of activities to be present in China, B2B as well as for the end consumer. We do very much online, because China is a highly digitalized market," Kettner said in the Shanghai Daily.
While Chinese travelers are coming in droves and spending money on luxury goods and souvenirs, the visa process is still a drawback as are direct flights. However, efforts to streamline these parts of the tourism experience are under way.
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