China inks deal with Japan to promote Yokoham as tourism hub

Published on : Thursday, November 22, 2018

China’s biggest online travel agency Ctrip has signed a strategic cooperation with Yokohama to boost the appeal of the Japanese city to global travellers, Chinese tourists in particular.

 

According to a Ctrip statement released Tuesday. the two sides will partner in tourism product development and destination branding among others,

 

The move is expected to facilitate two-way travel between China and Japan and jointly develop the cross-border cultural tourism industry, according to Ctrip CEO Jane Sun. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of sister-city ties between Yokohama and Shanghai, where Ctrip is headquartered.

 

Japan is one of Chinese tourists’ favourite travel destinations. China remains Japan’s largest source of travellers for three consecutive years, according to Ctrip, citing Japanese official data. The company predicted Chinese visitors will make more than 8 million trips to Japan this year, a record high.

 

Ctrip has been investing heavily in exploring Japanese market in recent years. The company established a Japanese branch to better serve travelers to Japan in 2015. Earlier this year, it launched Trip.com, an independent brand primarily serving clients in Asia Pacific markets, in Tokyo to offer timely travel-related services.

 

Construction of an around-the-clock Ctrip call center in Japan is currently underway, the statement said.

 

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