Дата: 19-01-18 12:10
BLOG: DUTY FREE AND TRAVEL RETAIL WINNERS DURING CHINESE NEW YEAR
Whilst the traditional summer months are becoming increasingly important for Chinese international travel, Chinese New Year is still a big sales opportunity for the duty free and travel retail channel, and this year is no exception, writes Simon Best.
Indeed, next month operators worldwide will be gearing up for an influx of Chinese travellers. But where will they be going?
Europe set for Chinese boost
Growth in Chinese travel in the week of Chinese New Year will rise by +9.6% to Europe, ahead of Asia and the Americas +4.3% and +8.3% respectively, with MEA set to see a decline of -2.2%.
Looking more closely at the individual country markets of Europe, the biggest winners next month – among the larger markets – are set to be Switzerland, Finland and Russia with growths of +43.7%, +22.4%, +21.1% respectively.
Top 10 European destination countries (Chinese New Year week 2018 v 17)
Among airports the power performers for Chinese passengers will be Brussels (BRU) +92%; Zurich (ZRH) +82.7%; and Prague (PRG) +36.4%.
Asia will be robust but Chinese visitors seek new destinations
In Asia, high growth is expected across more than half of the biggest 15 markets led by Indonesia (+78.5%), Cambodia (+60.8%) and the Philippines (+28.9%) whilst a number, including South Korea, are set to see numbers fall.
Stasiulevicuis says: “After a tough 2017, in terms of Chinese visitors to the country, South Korea is still languishing in the aftermath of the THAAD missile crisis.”
The top airports in the region show mixed results. Travel to both Hong Kong HKG and Taipei TPE is set to fall -1.1% and -8.6% respectively giving further evidence that the desire to travel to new destinations remains a key factor for Chinese passengers.
Top 10 Asian airport destinations (Chinese New Year week 2018 v 17)
North America and MEA
In North America growth in the US will see an increase of +9.1% with Canada set to see a small rise in Chinese passengers of +2.2%.
Among the biggest airports for Chinese travellers, it is notable that four are set to see contractions including Seattle SEA (-8.6%), Honolulu HNL (-8.1%) along with the important Chinese hubs of San Francisco SFO and Vancouver YVR at -6.8% and -3.7% respectively.
Substantial growth will be seen at the key airport gateway, Los Angeles LAX (+23.3%), whilst both New York JFK (+16.4%) and New York EWR (+22.4%) can expect to see considerable increases in Chinese passenger numbers.
Top 10 Americas airport destinations (Chinese New Year week 2018 v 17)
By airport, the picture largely reflects the country gains. Tel Aviv (TLV) is out front with Jeddah–King Abdulaziz (JED) and Abu Dhabi (AUH) also strong at +37.4% and +6.9% respectively.
Источник информации: Airport World
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