COTRI weekly Editorial

NEW! Dungeons and Dragons

The Wood Dragon Year has started in China and everybody hopefully had a good time with family, friends, food and a lot of travelling. Some have used the relaxed atmosphere for surprising musings. A lot of nonsense has been published about all the positive influences of the Dragon in the coming year...


Giraffes have a long neck

On the fourth of the seven voyages of Admiral Zheng He’s “Treasure Fleet” in the early 15th century, Zheng met up in Bengal with envoys from Malindi, which is now part of Kenya. The men from Malindi had brought with them as tribute giraffes, and they gave one of those giraffes to the Chinese...


Raider is now called Twix

one of the earliest viral marketing activities happened in 1991 when the caramel shortbread chocolate bar made by Mars changed its name in several European markets from Raider to Twix. Against all marketing wisdom that made the snack more popular than ever and “Raider is now Twix” become a commonly used expression...


On the road again

In 2019 your humble editor managed to clock up no less than 70 flights to four continents, followed by CoViD-19 years of more or less complete homestay. 2024 on the contrary started with eleven flights in three weeks, back to that pre-pandemic feeling...


Heatwaves and ice storms

2023 has been confirmed by now to have been the hottest year on record and the new year immediately starting with record frost in Scandinavia, heatwaves in Australia and real high waves at the coast of California, while the area around the headquarter of COTRI in Hamburg was widely flooded by unprecedented levels of rainfall. In the USA, football games had to take place at temperatures of -20 degrees C.


Two Christmas presents

last year the Chinese government presented a big Christmas present to the Chinese citizens as well as to the global tourism industry. In the true spirit of “In China everything happens later but faster”, they were a day late, however...


COP28 ignores tourism

a few days ago COP28 started in Dubai. Even though the tourism industry is responsible for 10% of jobs and GDP globally and also for about the same percentage of global pollution, no representatives of the tourism industry are among the main speakers during the event...


Will China save Swiss tourism again?

Your humble editor is back from the QTM 2023 in Doha, a place which has optimism build into its DNA. The government currently is in the news with regard to its role in the Palestine conflict, but it is also having big plans to create harmony between a sustainable development and the building of a crazy megacity...


Different news from Qatar and a new COTRI index to measure the consumption patterns of China’s gourmets

these days Qatar has entered for many the mental map for the first time with regard to the conflict in Palestine. The Emirate Qatar however has also been the venue for the QTM Qatar Travel Mart 2023 including an international tourism conference, which was chaired by your humble editor...


China’s consumers want quality in shopping and travelling

Alibaba Group’s China commerce business Taobao and Tmall Group stated that value-for-money products and livestreaming proved popular among Chinese consumers during the 2023 Double 11 shopping festival. Artificial intelligence-powered tools helped the merchants to run more efficient marketing campaigns and to increase the gross merchandise value (GMV)...


The role of Connectivity and Sustainability in China’s outbound tourism

The news are filled with pictures of suffering people in Israel, Palestine, Ukraine, Afghanistan and many other places, fit to create nightmares. Reports by scientists showing that the negative effects of global warming are developing faster than even the worst-case scenarios forecasted are not helping either to get into a holiday mood...


Tourism in troubling times

The news are filled with pictures of suffering people in Israel, Palestine, Ukraine, Afghanistan and many other places, fit to create nightmares. Reports by scientists showing that the negative effects of global warming are developing faster than even the worst-case scenarios forecasted are not helping either to get into a holiday mood...


COTRI weekly Editorial: VIP visitors in China

The 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative has created an influx of visitors to Beijing. Representatives of 150 countries and almost 40 international organisations filled the Great Hall of the People – and the government guest houses and five star hotels of the capital – listening to President Xi praising a “golden decade”...


COTRI weekly Editorial: Young Chinese start to love lotteries

During three years, from 1844 to 1846, Évariste Régis Huc, C.M., a French Catholic priest of the Congregation of the Mission (Latin: Congregatio Missionis), went on a trip which resulted in the famous book Travels in Tartary, Thibet and China during the years 1844-5-6. His accounts of Qing-era China, Mongolia, and the....


Dressing as you want – a new reason for Chinese to travel abroad

In January 1981, as a student in Hong Kong, your humble editor travelled to mainland China with his girlfriend on one of the very first individual visas issued. The first stop was Guangzhou railway station. The accompanying traveller, a German woman with obvious female attributes but very short hair, felt the need to use the toilet.


Chinese are moving and so is COTRI weekly Editorial

The Chinese outbound market is gaining speed. Singapore not only welcomed in July 2023 more than double the number of Chinese visitors compared to one month before, the 231,330 arrivals also represented 60% of the 2019 level and, more importantly, stayed on average four nights instead of three nights.


The last successful emperor

If you want to impress your Chinese visitors or business partners, tell them who your favoured Chinese emperor is. They will congratulate you on your detailed knowledge of Chinese history and may even start a discussion among themselves...


Heat and the Arab world

During a China workshop in southern Italy earlier this year, your humble editor discussed with participants how temperatures of nearly 50 degrees Celsius in 2022 will mean an end to the typical summer beach season that is so important to them...


Highway to Hell or Highway to Heaven – Example Nepal

All over the world lip service is paid by tourism leaders for a move from quantity to quality in tourism and hospitality. However, in the attempt to reach as fast as possible the 2019 arrival numbers again, the reality often looks very different...


100 million Chinese own 93% of all the wealth in China

Watching the news about China's image, most of the time we see megacities full of skyscrapers and multi-lane highways. Chinese tourists are typically portrayed as buying luxury brands in every city they visit. Indeed, more than half of China's...


Slow start but wave building up

The first half of 2023 is almost over and many tourism and hospitality service providers around the world are disappointed about the slow start of China’s outbound tourism...


It is called Pickleball – but why?

Almost 60 years ago, some outdoor game fans in Washington state developed a new game in their backyard, a combination of tennis, badminton and table tennis, played on a field the size of a badminton court with paddles that look like...


An argument in favour of engaging with the Chinese outbound tourism source market

Your humble editor returned to Germany after a month in China and Nepal, filled with wonderful personal meetings at four conferences and fairs. Finally, no more Zoom and additionally mangos, Masala Dosas, Jiaozi, Momos and Gurkha beer...


It is finished!

Of course, we do not want in any way to compare the publication of the first issue of COTMI China Outbound Tourism Market Intelligence with the momentous events described in the Bible, with “It is finished” according to...