Last night UAP joined Ctrip’s celebration to have branches in the U.S. at International Times Square last night. Our friends Holiday Inn Financial District Group and core staff form NYC Company were all there, too!
Ctrip: It’s an OTA (Online Travel Agency). Mainly it is to provide the travel services including accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours and corporate management.
The fun fact about Ctrip:
Founded in 1999
More than 250 million Ctrip members
Market value: $ 11.6 Billion
They have more than 30,000 employees
NYC & Company: is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York. The mission of NYC & Company is to boost travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, build economic prosperity and spread the dynamic image of New York City around the world.
According to the announcement from Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, 2016 is set to be U.S.-China Tourism Year.
Also, from the United Nations World Tourism Organization, China is the world’s largest tourism market, representing more than 100 million outbound travelers in 2014, and Global Chinese overseas travel expenditures in 2013 were a record $129 billion.
China is an important contributor to revenues generated by international travel to the United States:
China was the number two country for visitor spending to and within the United States in 2014 with an estimated $23.8 billion spent on travel and tourism.
China accounted for 2.9 percent of total international arrivals in the United States in 2014, with an estimated 2.2 million travelers (a 20+ percent increase over 2013).
National parks are a significant attraction for Chinese visitors to the United States, with 40% saying they had been to a national park when visiting.