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Trevor tells us about his recent trip to China

Trevor tells us about his recent trip to China

CHINA AT 308 KM PER HOUR!

Normally my business trips to China take a leisurely connection between Hong Kong International Airport to Shenzhen China, a 45 minute taxi link form the airport through 2 border posts  and a drop off at my hotel in the Louho business district. Shenzhen is where we manufacture our souvenir audio players.

This time however I joined a Tourism Ireland networking event In 2 cities Guangzhou and Shanghai – thus my title China at 308km per hour – the speed of the fast rail network. The Cork-Dublin train just won’t be the same again.

Shenzhen to Guangzhou – a city of 9m million is just an hour away by this link while Guangzhou to Shanghai was 6 hours – just less than 1500km in 6 hours. That is approximately the equivalent of travelling by train form Cork-Belfast, back again to Cork and back to Belfast! It was a great way to experience modern China – new train stations with 24 or 32 tracks – busy trains – efficient and on time.

Networking with 25 Chinese Tour operators in 4 hours was interesting. It was very well organised with 10 minutes per meeting. What made it different was having a translator with you, but after one or two meetings we were working away at both understanding both the Outbound Chinese Tour market and where we might be in a position to create opportunity. Some salient facts – 2014 114 million, yes million tourists, growing at 14% annually – over 4 million coming to Europe annually – purpose of travel 77% leisure. We were joined on the networking event by Niall Gibbons CEO T.I. it was certainly an eye opener.

Shanghai a city of 24 million people takes your breath away down on the famous ‘Bund’ where you see modern Shanghai at night. Surprisingly cosmopolitan – by that I mean cosmopolitan Chinese – and different to Shenzhen and Guangzhou which are more provincial. The district I stayed in was very open, Xintiandi and I stayed in the Shanghai Xintiandi Langham Hotel one of the best I have ever been in. In fact the restaurant area locally in this business district has everything but Chinese! Spanish, German, Italian, French, European Bistro – all full of young local people – I actually struggled to find a local restaurant.

So a venture out of my regular spot Shenzhen – an experience and well worth it – now where do you think In Hand Guides might be looking to next for a growing market!!!!!

Trevor Winckworth CEO

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