>> China's cruise tourism industry is experiencing a resurgence as international cruise ship transport to and from ports in the country has fully resumed. On September 30, the cruise ship "Mediterranea" set sail from Tianjin, offering a Mediterranean-style experience with global cuisine and boutique shopping.
>> The hosting of the 19th Asian Games, the largest multi-sport event in the region, will similarly inject new vitality into the tourism development of the host city Hangzhou. Revenue from travel-related consumption in Hangzhou exceeded 19 billion yuan ($2.6 billion), with an increase of 64 percent.
>> China Eastern Airlines is set to expand its network in Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore with the introduction of new routes from the Chinese cities of Hangzhou and Jinan.
>> Jetstar Asia has announced a new direct service between Singapore's Changi Airport and Wuxi's Sunan Shuofang International Airport, launching on 28 December 2023, just in time for the new year peak. The only airline to operate this direct service, the Singapore low-cost airline is expecting to fly more than 70,000 customers each year between the two destinations, initially operating two weekly return services on the Airbus A320, increasing to four weekly services from 15 January 2024.
>> Vietnam and China are set to resume their self-driving tours at border areas beginning late this month after more than three years of suspension due to Covid. Starting October 30, Vietnamese tourists will be allowed drive their cars through the Mong Cai border gate in the northern province of Quang Ninh to reach Nanning City in China, while Chinese visitors will be able to drive to Ha Long in Vietnam.
>> Cathay Pacific Airways said on Monday that it was canceling its flights CX675 from Hong Kong to Tel Aviv, and CX676 from Tel Aviv to Hong Kong on Tuesday. Same as Cathay, several international air carriers have also suspended flight services with Tel Aviv in light of the Hamas militant attack on Israel, saying they were waiting for safety conditions to improve before resuming.
>> San Antonio has added more direct flights to international destinations as part of the push to draw more visitors from abroad. The push has also added the city’s first overseas tourism office and other international marketing, as well.
>> As part of a major expansion of Ant Group’s Alipay+ solution, users of e-wallets like Touch ‘n Go, TrueMoney, OCBC, and seven other platforms can use their domestic payment apps to pay tens of millions of merchants in China. While this offers a glimpse into the future, not all transitions will be as seamless.