Trustdata said that Meituan maintained the No.1 position in room nights for H1 2019, followed by traditional OTA Ctrip.
Foreign travel brands need to be deeply entrenched in this market, especially considering the fact that a Chinese consumer is using a complex, digitally inter-connected network.
Traditional travel companies must throw away the tag of being a "laggard", and rather adopt an agile mindset by incubating start-ups.
Western visitors are staying away from the Southeast Asian nation. An uptick in tourists from China has seen arrivals bounce back, bringing zero-dollar tours.
The U.S. could see nearly 2 million fewer Chinese visitors because of hostile trade relations, travel advisories and rising currency exchange rates.
Some 3 million visits were made by Chinese tourists to Europe in the first half of the year, marking a 7.4% rise year on year.
All together generating tourism revenue of RMB 2.78 trillion, up by 13.5% over the same period of last year.
Their overall spending went from double digits to a 4% increase in 2017, and a 2% drop last year.
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