COTRI China Outbound Tourism Research Institute is the world’s leading independent research institute for consulting, research, information, training, and quality assessment relating to the Chinese outbound tourism market.COTRI is a privately organised, independent institute registered in Germany. In addition to the head office in Hamburg, Germany, COTRI has a Chinese office based in Beijing and more than 20 COTRI Country Partners located in countries around the world, providing local services in more than 50 countries.COTRI was established in 2004 by its director Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Georg Arlt, a sinologist and professor for international tourism management with more than 35 years of practical and academic experience in Chinese tourism.COTRI’s main goal is to enable private companies and public institutions all over the world to offer successfully high quality travel, tourism, and leisure services for Chinese visitors according to their specific expectations and demands.
Professor Wolfgang Artl, CEO and founder of the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI), talks to Asia Gaming Brief Managing Editor Sharon Singleton about trends in domestic travel and tourism in China.
China’s domestic travel was almost back to 2019 levels during the recent Ching Ming Festival and the pent-up demand to venture overseas once restrictions are relaxed remains intact, says Professor Wolfgang Arlt, CEO of the China Outbound Travel Research Institute (COTRI).
China tourism watchers are becoming tentatively optimistic that outbound travel will resume in the next few months and increase further in the second half of the year.
The consensus view is there is still pent up demand for travel amongst Mainland Chinese and disposable income to do so, however, there are subtle changes in travel preferences that Asia’s operators would do well to take note of.
Trips related to health and welfare, as well as those linked to children's education, are likely to see strong growth over the next few years as China's population ages, or as parents seek to provide overseas exposure for their offspring, the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute predicts.
It is not, as some Western media have said because the Chinese do not dare to travel. With 637 million domestic trips during Golden Week, it shows that people are not afraid to travel.
Chinese domestic flights and hi-speed train links are back to their pre-virus levels of volume and there is still a strong demand for travel with 100 million trips in the first week of May and 80 million in the three-day Dragon Boat festival in June.
Professor Dr. Wolfgang George Alrt, founder and director of the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI) said he expects Chinese outbound tourism to begun recovering around early-to-mid April, should it follow a similar pattern to that of SARS. “The Coronavirus is creating severe problems and is actually killing people – but this crisis will be […]
The explosive growth of Chinese outbound tourist travel saw a slow down in 19Q3, which analysts said have been the result of ongoing civil unrest in Hong Kong, one of China’s most popular travel destinations. According to COTRI analytics, the third quarter saw 44.5 million border crossings from Mainland China, up 3.5 percent in 2018. […]
The China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI) has raised its estimate for Chinese border crossings for 2018 to 160 million following a strong-than-expected first half, with the Greater China region taking the lion’s share of the growth.
China’s threat to draw up a blacklist of countries targeting gambling is most likely directed at the online industry, though may be enough to deter some travellers even if the government doesn’t follow through with its action.
The Coronavirus, now renamed as Covid-19, has devastated the near-term outlook for Asia’s casino operators, though analysts still expect demand to snap back sharply once the outbreak is under control. The big question is when that might be.
It’s difficult to enter a tourist hotspot in Asia without observing signs written in Chinese, or a street vendor shouting greetings in Mandarin - a testament to the influence of Chinese outbound tourism.