China still without a Tourism Minister

And yet another interesting online event

by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Georg Arlt FRGS FRAS

Dear readers,

President Xi Jinping started in 2012 a sweeping anti-graft campaign, pledging to wage war on graft until corruption of all kinds has been expunged at all levels of the Communist Party, from high-level “tigers” to low-level “flies”. At the end of July, another high-ranking victim of that campaign has been the former party chief of Shaanxi province, who was sentenced to death for pocketing more than USD 140 million in bribes, the largest amount in a corruption case reported since 2012. However, the sentence is coming with a two-year suspension, after which his term could be reduced to life in prison. Zhao, who was expelled from the Communist Party in January, did not appeal his sentence.

In the same week, the former culture and tourism vice-minister Li Jinzao was also put under investigation for “serious violations” by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. As we already mentioned last week, Li Jinzao was officially removed from the post of Vice Minister of Culture and Tourism on Sept. 4th. Until today no new minister has been named.

We hope that you had an opportunity to watch the panel discussion about China tourism post-CoViD as part of the “Road to Recovery – Hospitality Asia Yearly Webinar 2020”. We got a lot of positive feedback for the statements by the participants. If you missed it, you can find the video on shorturl.at/zANQ4.

And of course, the next Webinar is already following. On Sept. 23rd your humble editor and two colleagues will risk a look into the crystal ball of Chinese tourism over the next decade during an agb Webinar, starting at 3 p.m. Hong Kong time (9 a.m. German time).

After talking about the new ways to successfully develop Chinese tourism based on the recently published COTRI eBook, VIP marketing expert Shirley Tam, SVP Premium Marketing at Okada Manila, will add her observations about the changing behaviours and expectations of her customers over the last few years, and where she sees this going. Furthermore, Desmond Lam, Professor in Integrated Resort and Tourism Management at the University of Macau, will discuss the recent announcement of a “China Tourism Blacklist,” which threatens to declare countries off-limits for Chinese because of the casinos in those countries. Prof. Lam will discuss what this would mean for land-based operators in Asian jurisdictions which attract a significant amount of Chinese gamblers.

Attendance is free, to join, simply register here: https://lnkd.in/eUjQnqt.

For your agenda you should also make sure that Oct. 12th to 16th you will have time to join the CHINA SUMMIT, organised by Buzz.travel and the GITF Guangzhou International Travel Fair. Many important speakers including Taleb Rifai, ex-SG of UNWTO will participate. Your humble editor has the honour to be the official CHINA SUMMIT Ambassador for this event. See more details here: https://expo.buzz.travel/

Best wishes as always from Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Georg Arlt and the COTRI WEEKLY team!