August 1 – Shangri-La opened 2 new hotels in China, taking the total number of its hotels in the country to 43, Linkshop.com.cn reported.
July 23 – China will in 1H 2013 start working on policies to support the growth of budget airlines, Yicai.com reported, citing the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Li Jiaxiang, the head of the aviation regulator, called on the major airlines to reduce operating costs which ate into their profits in 1H 2013.
July 22 – China's air passenger traffic rose 14.9% year on year in June 2013, where international passenger traffic was up 17% and domestic passenger traffic up 14.4%, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said.
July 12 – There are growing signs that travel demand and pricing are turning stronger in China. The big 3 carriers saw their combined passenger traffic grow 11.4% year on year in June, up from 9.9% in May, Credit Suisse said in its Asian Daily report. Although business travel demand remains weak, the upcoming summer travel peak will be dominated by leisure demand, which has been far more resilient than business travel.
July 12 – China's tourism sector is expected to receive 3.38 billion tourists and generate 2.87 trillion yuan in revenues in 2013, up 10% and 11% respectively from 2012, according to the China National Tourism Administration. The 3.38 billion tourists would include 3.25 billion from within and 133 million from overseas, up 10% and remaining unchanged respectively from 2012. The 2.87 trillion yuan would include 2.54 trillion yuan from domestic tourists and $48.5 billion from foreign tourists, up 12% and 1% respectively from 2012. The number of Chinese tourists traveling overseas is estimated to rise 15% to 95.7 million in 2013, and they are expected to spend $117.6 billion overseas, up 20% from 2012.
July 10 – China's tourism revenue grew 10.7% year on year to 1.4 trillion yuan in 1H 2013, the China National Tourism Administration said.
July 2 – Hilton said it plans to operate in 75 Chinese cities by 2015 as China has become its second largest market after the US. It plans to operate 150 hotels with 55,000 rooms in China by 2015, up from 32 hotels and 12,000 rooms at present.
July 1 – 7 Days Group Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: SVN), a Chinese budget hotel operator, said it is operating and building 1,800 hotels across 240 Chinese cities. The company expects to operate 5,000 hotels by 2020.
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