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Chengdu Play Bigger Role in China Inbound Travel

24 Apr 2014

In 2014, Chinatraveldepot.com launched Chengdu as the new destination for the small group tour packges, you may have noted from the news that Chengdu is a city which even martchs the importance of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, more and more VIPs come here like British Prime Minister and US first Laday this year, more and more international flights connects this city directly from worldwide. Why Chengdu?

As the editor of Chinatraveldepot.com, we prepare you some backgroud insights as following:

(1) Contribution by Aviation Industry-Reports from China Daily

Latest data from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport show that the passenger load for flights from Chengdu to London and Amsterdam stayed beyond 90 percent from Jan 1 to 10. Recent years have witnessed an increase in international air routes from Chengdu.

Since 2011, the city has opened 11 international passenger flights that connect it to cities such as Tokyo, Hanoi, Melbourne, London and Frankfurt. The number of international routes had increased to 71 by the end of last year. On June 11, a non-stop air route between Chengdu and Chicago will open, the first from the region to America. New routes linking Chengdu to other international cities including Istanbul, Moscow, Paris and Dubai are also planned.

By 2015, Chengdu plans to build itself into an international aviation hub with 36 direct international routes carrying 50 million passengers a year.The Shuangliu airport handled 33.4 million passengers last year, ranking fourth in China in passenger volume.Chengdu is the first western Chinese city to adopt a 72-hour visa-free policy, which allows transit passengers from 51 countries with a flight ticket to a third country to stay up to 72 hours.

(2) Number talks itself-Reports from China Daily

Southwestern China's Chengdu city recently announced its development targets for the tourism industry in 2014, aiming to receive a total of 186 million tourists and generate tourism revenue of 166.3 billion yuan ($ 27.4 billion), up by 25 percent. The number of inbound tourists will reach 2 million, a 20 percent rise year-on-year. The famous tourist city will push its tourism industry to a new high by fully implementing four major projects, local officials said.

The projects will focus on reforming and making innovations on tourism policy, optimizing tourism industrial structure, promoting synergy between tourism and other industries and improving tourism services, according to the officials. In 2013, 155 million tourists visited the city, an increase of 27.7 percent than the previous year. Tourism revenue reached 133 billion yuan. Accordingly, 90 major tourism projects attracted 13.5 billion yuan investment, 37 percent more than the annual planned investment capital. Global events also helped to boost the city's tourism industry. Chengdu is the third city in China to host the 2013 PATA Travel Mart, a top trade fair in the Asia Pacific region, in September.

As a key element of the event, the Fly Chengdu Marketing Alliance was set up to enhance cooperation among Chengdu's direct-fly cities.In the same month, Chengdu adopt the 72-hour visa-free policy, which allows transit passengers from 45 countries who have valid visas and a flight ticket to a third country to stay up to 72 hours.

The Second Chengdu International Travel Fair in December brought together nearly 200 exhibitors from 37 countries and regions. The city ranked 11th among the 30 most developed tourism cities on the Chinese mainland in 2013, according to a list recently released by Forbes. Chengdu also ranked third in terms of tourist satisfaction, according to a report released by China Tourism Academy.

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