CHINA’S UNSTOPPABLE march to economic progress has opened new business opportunities for the city’s outbound tour operators.
The current class of travellers from here visiting the Chinese mainland mainly comprise acamedicians going on a study tour or taking up a short course in Chinese universities and small businessmen looking for technology tie-ups with Chinese entrepreneurs.
The tour operators believe that the business travel traffic to mainland China would match the outbound travel statistics for Hong Kong which is almost 40 per cent higher than any other Chinese city from Lucknow.
“Things are changing at a rapid rate as far as travel opportunities in the Chinese mainland is concerned. While acamedicians are still opting for longer stays in China which extends to a week at times, business travellers have only recently started planning longer trips to visit Macau, an exotic tourist destination on the map of most global travellers”, says Vivek Pandey, Regional Manager (UP) of the Pearl International Tours & Travels Ltd, the travel arm of Pearl Pet Group.
He says the most visited Chinese cities are Shanghai, Guangzhau for acamedicians and businessmen while the government officials mainly travel to Beijing with large delegations. “Macau with its rich cultural heritage is the most preferred destination globally for tourists which is now being preferred by many local tourists who had visited Hong Kong several times before to spend their holidays,” Pandey said.
There is no denying the fact that the Chinese travel market is opening up like never before for Indian tourists, acamedicians and businessmen even while the visa processing for China in the country is still taking longer time compared to other countries in south-east Asia, he said.
There are other basic advantages for the tour operators to focus on the Chinese mainland as finding hotel rooms in Chinese cities is easier compared to other cities in south-east Asia. There is rising preference among the tourists to visit the South Korean cities mainly Seoul enroute on their China trips which is also an emerging market for tour operators, he added.