Africa first moved up to the top in-depth travel destination Chinese travelers hope to visit in 2018, dethroning the ever-popular Japan and Australia.
Airbnb Experiences appears much more like a franchised supply side operation similar to how the leading global sightseeing operators trade, with each destination host supplying experiences.
Hilton posted a 7.6% RevPAR climb in Q4 from Asia Pacific as it benefited from addition of more hotels in China, while rival Marriott said its China RevPAR grew 9.1% in the quarter.
Airbnb claims that over the course of the decade since launch, travelers have checked into an Airbnb-secured property almost 300 million times.
The GCC countries, which are Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman, currently attract 1.9% of China's total outbound market, up from 1.3% in 2012.
Air service is impacted by high-speed rail, but it does not lead to a significant reduction of passengers; and the new rail industry is seeing its most vibrant growth in China.
Some 28.7 million foreign tourists entered Japan in 2017, driven by Chinese tourists taking advantage of more frequent low-cost flights to Japan.
The start of a 144-hour visa-free waiver policy for international travelers to Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province will create a boom in local tourism, industry insiders said.
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