Chinese airline Hainan announced new regular flights to Mexico City from next March, which can mean a first airlift in order to facilitate multi-destination tourist trips from China to Latin America
The Mexican authorities said they are facilitating visa procedures for Chinese citizens to encourage them to travel to Mexico.
The new procedures will make easier for that Asian holidaymakers the holyday trips to México if they have already visited the United States or Canada first . The enter in Mexico would be without needing any other document.
Hainan Airlines plans to focus on Latin America, said the company’s vice president, Jason Liu. Chinese tourists are not only numerous. They usually spend a good part of their savings during the year holidays.
Chinese airlines are turning their focus to Latin America at the direction of their government, which wants a global presence from its airlines. Air China serves São Paulo and Havana , and in Apr-2017 China Southern launched Mexico City as a tag from Vancouver.
China Eastern is understood to be evaluating a nonstop Shanghai-Mexico City service, with a tag continuing to lower South America.
China Eastern could work in partnership with Aeromexico for the service, and to obtain Mexico City slots. Guiding the development is Delta Air Lines, which has stakes in both Aeromexico and China Eastern.
It is known that Latin America’s tourism industry has its eye on the growing number of Chinese tourists.
“In just eight years, experts say, we are going to see 220 million Chinese outbound travellers up from the current 135 million, and that is an opportunity we cannot pass up,”
Julian Guerrero, vice president of the tourism promotion agency ProColombia, recently told Xinhua at Macro Business Conference in Chile.
The business forum held in the port city of Valparaiso in Chile drew industry representatives from the Pacific Alliance, a regional trade bloc that gathers Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru.
Colombia, like other bloc members, intends to attract Chinese tourists with plans, such as providing information in Mandarin Chinese and catering to Chinese tastes.
In 2016, 135 million Chinese travelled abroad, spending 261 million U.S. dollars, according to the World Tourism Organization.
The number of Chinese tourists to Peru, home to the Inca archaeological site of Machu Picchu, grew one third last year compared with the figure of 2015.