Trip.com targets rise in travelling by rail with Eurostar debut campaign
>> Chinese OTA Trip.com has launched sales of Eurostar tickets on its website. The retailer is marking the launch with a summer sale offering holidaymakers discounts on journeys across the English Channel. In addition to a 5% discount on Eurostar services to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam, Trip.com is also offering 4% off UK rail tickets with no booking fees.
Private carriers lead China's aviation rebound from coronavirus
>> China's airlines are restoring flights and regaining passengers for domestic service, defying the industry's toughest period globally since the 9/11 terror attacks, but the rebound is being led by private carriers Spring Airlines and China Express Airlines rather than the country's big three state airlines. The country's first privately run budget carrier has gradually expanded its client base, battling local rivals through nimble price strategy and cost-effectiveness.
Marriott sees Greater China occupancy returning to pre-virus levels by 2021
>> Hotel group Marriott said it expects room occupancy rates in Greater China to rise to 60% next month and forecasts it could recover to pre-coronavirus levels by the start of 2021, as domestic travel in the country ticks up. While the pandemic had delayed some of its hotel openings, it expected to open 70 to 80 hotels in the Asia Pacific this year.
Trans-regional group tours resumed in Beijing
>> Starting from Monday, travel agencies and online travel companies in Beijing are permitted to resume trans-provincial group tours. Meanwhile, tourism companies are still prohibited from organizing tours groups to, and receiving tour groups from, medium- and high-risk areas for COVID-19 outside of Beijing.
China's regional jets reach passenger milestone
>> Over one million passengers have now traveled on the ARJ21, China's first domestically developed regional jet, via multiple Chinese carriers. Since the jet, which has a range of up to 3,700 kilometers, started commercial operations with Chengdu Airlines in June 2016, it has connected 56 domestic and international cities.