This week, The Luxury Conversation held a breakfast briefing in Dubai to explore what Middle East & North African (MENA) businesses can do to connect with Chinese travellers. In the last few years the region has seen a huge rise in travellers from China. Dubai’s visa on arrival for Chinese nationals and the 2020 Expo have helped to increase awareness. Held at Armani Hotel Dubai, the event offered insight and presentations from China luxury experts: Zan Wu, Founder and CEO of Zanadu.cn, China’s premium travel platform and Chloé Reuter, Founder and CEO of Reuter Communications, a leading luxury communications agency.
China’s ‘whole new world’ for its luxury consumers see them eager to discover new places that provide exotic experiences such as the Middle East and North Africa; China is now Abu Dhabi’s largest overseas source market, Chinese tourists are the biggest buyers at Dubai International Airport and Chinese visitors to Morocco in 2017 were up 300% on the previous year. Continue reading “How Can Businesses in The Middle East Connect with Chinese Travellers? The Luxury Conversation in Dubai, April 2018”
The Luxury Conversation will be in Dubai to coincide with the Arabian Travel Mart.
Chinese luxury travel to the Middle East is booming.
Brands needs to be aware of the unique expectations and demands of Chinese luxury consumers, and prepare to meet the needs of the world’s largest luxury demographic.
This event is invitation-only, so contact us to express an interest in attending.
Read reviews & reports of previous Luxury Conversation talks here.
A whitepaper issued by Nielson and Alipay (continue reading to view the full report) has revealed further evidence that any brand outside of China cannot afford to ignore the mobile payment preferences of China’s consumers — and, that the numbers of Chinese tourists travelling overseas only continues to rise, maintaining their place as the number one in overseas spending.
The whitepaper compared Chinese and non-Chinese tourist behaviours, and we’ve picked through the report to highlight some key findings. Continue reading “Over 90% of Chinese Tourists Prefer to Use Mobile Payments Shopping Overseas: Survey”
If luxury brands want to succeed in China over the long-term, they must focus on Chinese Millennials.
To gain more understanding of this premise and to go deeper into the issue, The Luxury Conversation hosted a Briefing in February 2018, at The Mark Hotel in New York City. The U.S. event followed up on the recent successful London Briefing.
Speaking to a room full of guests from top global brands, agencies and media was Chloé Reuter, Founder and CEO of Reuter Communications (and co-Founder of The Luxury Conversation), with guest speakers Ketty Maisonrouge and Richard Chen.
Ahead of this invitation-only event, The Luxury Conversation conducted a survey of Chinese consumers’ preferences and idea about luxury shopping and travel in U.S., so that glean their true views and opinions. Continue reading “The Luxury Conversation Briefing in New York, with U.S. Luxury Survey Results”
What are the opportunities for Middle-Eastern and North African brands trying to attract the luxury Chinese traveller?
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region had previously lagged in popularity, but is now witnessing a boom in Chinese visitors. Growth is being driven by local travel incentives introduced into the region, including visas on arrival for Chinese nationals visiting the UAE, and the rising sophistication of Chinese travellers who are seeking new destinations off the beaten path. In addition, China’s One Belt, One Road initiative, which cuts through the region, has the potential to put MENA on the map for travel savvy Chinese. Continue reading “Luxury Chinese Travel to the Middle East Hots Up; Chinese Travellers Seek New Silk Road Adventure”
If your travel brand is not offering impressive and integrated WeChat solutions – why not?! Payment gateways, location-based features, ‘internet of things’ interactivity, marketing campaigns … WeChat does it all. Here are some notable WeChat campaigns and features, cleverly used by luxury travel brands.
Continue reading “5 of the Smartest WeChat Luxury Travel Campaigns We’ve Seen”
Last week saw over 150 British brands and several thousand Chinese visitors attend the Best of British exhibition —organised by Media Ten — to network, connect, learn and strengthen partnerships between China and the UK.
The timing was perfect, with Xi’s announcement at the 19th National Communist Congress, taking place in Beijing, that China was continuing to focus on “opening up” for business across the world.
Continue reading “5 Things British Brands in China Can Learn From Shanghai’s ‘Best of British’ Exhibition”
With Shanghai hosting the 11th ILTM Asia (International Luxury Travel Market) this week, The Luxury Conversation takes a look at a growing group of sophisticated Chinese traveler. We call them the EASTs: “Experience and Adventure Seeking Travelers”.
The EASTs are forgoing snaps of the Eiffel Tower for hiking trails in Patagonia and off-piste skiing in Canada. These EASTs are young, interconnected via social media, and excited to flex their buying power on unique experiences.
Continue reading “How Brands Can Keep Up With China’s Luxury Travellers – the EASTs”
There was a good deal of debate in 2016 about the slow-down of the Chinese economy and tough times for luxury brands. After years of strong growth, we are now talking about China’s “new normal” – ie: a more moderate rate of growth and sales. But it’s not all doom and gloom. In fact, UBS Global Research predicts a recovery of Chinese luxury consumption in 2017 and four percent growth. So just what are the biggest opportunities for 2017 in China? We put that question to our panel of experts.
Continue reading “What does The Year of the Rooster Mean for China’s Luxury Market?”