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ITB China News 2018 - Day 1 Edition

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14 REGION ASIA Ubud, Bali, Indonesia Laurent Holdener Founder & Director – Terre Cambodge, Adventure Travel Network (ATN) Adventure Travel Network Opens the Gates to New Experiences Throughout Asia Bali: No Tremor for Tourism Activities after Agung Volcano Eruption Adventure Travel Network (ATN) is an international network of DMCs around the world, primarily specialised in adventure & nature tours, and focusing on customised trips. We asked Laurent Holdener – Founder & Director – Terre Cambodge to tell us more about ATN’s activities in Asia. We have always been strong in African and Asian continents, with numerous agencies based locally. We are willing to share our expertise in creating unique tours for tour operators looking for new products. Laurent, we notice you have on your booth your colleague from Laos. Can you tell us more about the unique selling points of Laos for the Chinese market? Firstly, geographically, Laos borders China. While obviously there are overland crossing possibilities in Mohan / Boten (province of Luang Namtha). Northern Laos is particularly suitable to nature-based activities like hiking. The slopes are not steep and the landscapes are stunning, with scattered ethnic minority people villages, century old wild tea trees in Phongsaly, hot natural springs in Muang La area and amazing forests, like the Nam Ha National Protected Area (NPA). Laos is a safe, secure and stable destination. It is a slow-paced, calm, quiet, serene, relaxing and still very authentic country. It also has very little air pollution, as there are few industries. These are strong arguments for urban Chinese visitors, often coming from polluted cities. The Chinese are building a high-speed railway across Laos, to link Kunming / Yunnan to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. The railway will eventually go across to Thailand to connect Bangkok and further south Singapore. What about Cambodia? We offer multi-sport activities: trekking deep into the jungle, far from people, close to the animals and nature. Then there’s kayaking, surrounded by the verdant jungle where one can navigate through lush greenery and dense growth of trees along the Kampot River. Explore Cambodian “Cuisine” with its local flavours on a journey full of surprises. Meals are balanced between cooked and raw, solid and liquid, sweet, sour, salty and bitter. For an interesting experience, travellers can stay in a village with the local people, surrounded by spectacular primary jungle offering a wide panel of possibilities for nature enthusiasts. Off the beaten track adventure journeys are managed by Terre Cambodge STAND No. 740 Bali made headlines at the end of last year due to the eruption of Volcano Agung, and although international air arrivals declined by 9.6% in November and 29.7% in December, Indonesia’s tourism icon still managed to grow total arrivals by 16% last year. Each year over the past five years has brought new records for Bali, and 2017 was no exception to the rule. According to data collected by Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism, Bali last year welcomed 5.6 million international arrivals, a number up by 16.3%, confirming its flagship status of Indonesia tourism. The island alone generates over 40% of all international tourist arrivals to the country, far ahead of Jakarta, Indonesia’s second most visited destination with 2.88 million arrivals, or 20% of market share. The tremendous rise of Chinese, Russian and Indian tourist numbers helped mitigate the effects of the Agung volcano on the island’s tourism. In 2017, Chinese travellers generated 1.37 million arrivals followed by Australia with 1.06 million visitors. India is now the third largest market to Bali as it generated 265,000 arrivals last year. Other important markets to Bali are the UK, USA, France, Germany, South Korea and Singapore. As the volcano issue failed to deter the popularity of Bali, growth in arrivals already resumed in January and February. After being worried at the end of the year by declining occupancy rates, Bali’s hotel industry looked with optimism into the future. According to a report of Horwath HTL/ C9 Hotelworks’ on Bali’s hotels released early February, the island will continue to witness growth in arrivals. The report notes that the influx of visitors had a positive effect on Bali hotel performance. From January to October 2017, the RevPAR (Revenue per available room) was up 7% while the average occupancy reached 75% - a growth of three points over 2016. Bali will add some 13,000 rooms by 2020, increasing its hotel portfolio from 42,000 to 55,000 rooms. 2018 will see nearly 6,000 rooms in 38 hotels being added STAND No. 540 ITB CHINA NEWS • Wednesday 16 th May 2018 www.itb-china-news.com

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