Chinese Tourists Are Moving Away From Government-Licensed Group Tours

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The lighthouse in Castlepoint, New Zealand is shown in this photo from 2018. Relations between China and New Zealand have been cooling, leading to fears that Chinese travelers might avoid the country. Phil Norton / Flickr

Skift Take: As Chinese travelers have become wealthier and more experienced, they have less use for the government-approved group tours that bring a high volume of visitors to global destinations. This trend has reduced China’s power to control where tourists spend their money.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Malaysia Turns to Tourism to Correct Palm Oil’s Bad Image

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A truck is shown moving oil palms in Sabah, Malaysia, in this photo from 2014. Controversial palm oil plantations may become tourist attractions under a new initiative.
Greg Girard / CIFOR

Skift Take: Palm oil, a huge industry for Malaysia, is taking a beating from consumer concerns over palm’s links to deforestation and threat to animal habitats. The government’s year-long ‘Love My Palm Oil’ campaign is spilling over to the tourism sector. Can this be a new tour for the industry?

— Raini Hamdi

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Mexico Tourism Board Demise Will Hurt the Destination More Than Travel Advisors

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Mexican authorities plan to beef up the police presence in tourism spots such as Cancun. Travel advisors said the closing of Mexico tourism offices around the world will eat into resources for marketing campaigns. Bloomberg

Skift Take: The dissolution of the Mexico Tourism Board means that travel advisors and others involved in the selling and marketing of Mexico have lost a major resource. With safety perception issues still dogging Mexico, the timing couldn’t be worse — for the destination and advisors alike.

— Maria Lenhart

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Travel Advisors May Benefit as Virgin Voyages Bundles Amenities Into Premium Prices

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A rendering of a cabin on a Virgin Voyages ship. The cruise line is offering premium pricing on its sailings. Virgin Voyages

Skift Take: Virgin Voyage’s decision to charge high fares that include gratuities, premium dining, and other onboard features means higher earning potential for travel advisors. That’s because advisors often lose out when cruise lines offer cheap fares, and then make up for it with onboard, non-commissionable charges.

— Maria Lenhart

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Australian Travel Advisors Find That Luxury Clients Still Care About Price

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Properties like the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi are popular among Australian luxury travelers. AccorHotels

Skift Take: Survey findings about a healthy luxury travel market in Australia demonstrate significant and lucrative opportunities for travel advisors who can meet clients’ lofty expectations while still delivering value.

— Allan Leibowitz

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