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  • Paris is winning the race to lure Chinese tourists, as London dithers: As London frets over the bureaucratic obstacles placed in the way of high-spending visitors from Beijing or Shanghai, Paris is reaping the reward of an official drive to make the city the destination of choice for hundreds of thousands of increasingly affluent Chinese tourists.
  • British Columbia gets ready for Chinese visitors: There will be 75 flights from China into Canada per week this summer, more access than any other country save the United States….The numbers alone tell the story: in 2012, Chinese arrivals into B.C. jumped a staggering 18 per cent. And the projections for the coming years show potential of 25 to 30 per cent increases.
  • Beijing, Copenhagen sign pact on tourism cooperation: Copenhagen and Beijing have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on strengthening tourism cooperation between the two capital cities…the two cities will strengthen the exchanges of expert visits, mutual studies and research of tourism, and engage in information sharing in statistics, destination marketing and travel products promotion.
  • Myanmar is hoping for more tourism investment from China: Myanmar is seeking more cooperation and investment from China to unleash its potential…Singapore and Thailand now top the list of foreign investors in Myanmar’s tourism sector, but the minister expects more investment from China. Chinese visitors were the second-largest group of visitors to Myanmar.
  • Christchurch Airport introduces Asian language signs: Christchurch Airport has introduced Chinese, Japanese and Korean signs – in an attempt to make its Asian passengers feel more welcome. The move is a first for any international airport in New Zealand.
  • Visitor numbers to NZ at record high, driven by Chinese visitors: An influx of Australian and Chinese visitors pushed May arrival figures to a record high…The gain was driven by more visits from Australian and Chinese travellers, up 8000 and 3900 respectively.