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This is a desperately difficult time for everyone involved in travel, tourism and hospitality and things may not return to ‘normal’ for some time.

At Capela China we have tried to identify new ways we can support our industry partners during this crisis:

  • Doing business by video: Training courses in how to deliver presentations, run successful meetings and communicate effectively with your teams and partners using video platforms such as Zoom, Skype and MS Teams.
  • Video delivery of skills courses: Versions of our face to face courses, in China Welcome, are now available for delivery, through your preferred video platform.

Remember: furloughed staff are permitted to join training courses while they are at home. This may be an unusual opportunity to upskill your teams without affecting their productivity.

Contact us for a chat about your needs, whether these products might be helpful or any other ideas you may have.

Wishing you all the best in getting through this.

Digital promotion with Ctrip

Are you a UK attraction, retailer or restaurant?
Would you like to attract more Chinese independent travellers this summer?
If so, we might be able to help….

We are working with Ctrip, China’s largest OTA who recently purchased SkyScanner, and DigiPanda, the UK-based digital marketing agency, to offer you a promotional opportunity which is unique, immediate and highly targeted.

What is it?

  • The Ctrip UK Summer Guide will recommend 24 experiences, retailers and restaurants around the UK to Chinese independent travellers arriving in July-August this year.
  • It will be marketed by Ctrip to their UK travellers, both directly on arrival at the UK airport and via social media platforms Weibo and WeChat.
  • The mechanism will be a downloadable digital voucher outlining your special offer and including your business URL.

What do you need to provide?

  • A special offer for Chinese travellers arriving in the UK July-August 2018. This could be in the form of a discount or added value.
  • Brief intro to your business, logo and 3-4 images.

What does it cost?

  • £1200 for UKinbound members,  £1400 for non-members.

Anything else?

  • Well, actually yes. WeChat Pay and AliPay, the most popular payment methods in China, are joining the campaign so we could set you up to accept these at minimal cost, both for the campaign and on a continuing basis.

How do I sign up?

  • Drop us a line at or call on 01223 208629. Places are limited and first come, first served and the absolute final deadline is 31 May.

Chinese Tourism: online marketing webinar

Next Tuesday, 11 April, 10-10.45 UK time, there will be a webinar entitled “Keeping up the Pace: New Online Information and Marketing Sources for Chinese Outbound Tourism”.

It will be presented by: Capela China’s international partner, COTRI Director Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Arlt and; Dragon Trail’s Marketing Director Michaela Mentasti.

The 2 presentations will be followed by a Question & Answer session. Participation is free of charge, however prior registration at the link below is advised:

The webinar will analyse market opportunities from the perspective of both Chinese customers and international service providers. This will include a discussion of the most up-to-date Chinese social media tools including WeChat and beyond, as well as the many opportunities provided by Dragon Trail Interactive’s China Travel Academy training and e-learning platform.

Chinese Tourism Webinar: catch up

Our global partner COTRI (China Outbound Tourism Research Institute) ran a free webinar on Chinese outbound tourism to Europe last week. It contains all kinds of valuable insights and updates about Chinese tourist behaviour and expert advice on doing business with the Chinese travel trade. Access is free after registration on the link below:

China Tourism Webinar (free access)

Free Chinese Tourism Webinar –
23 Feb

Our global partner COTRI (China Outbound Tourism Research Inschina-newstitute) is running a free webinar on Chinese outbound tourism to Europe next week. It takes place on Thursday, Feb 23 at 2pm UK time and is in conjunction with the European Travel Commission as part of the World Bridge Tourism Project. Capela China has been COTRI’s UK Country Partner since 2013.  Click the news icon to register and find out more…

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Contest seeks China’s most fanatical football fan

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Britain’s largest ever tourism trade mission to China was prchina-newseparing to leave for Shanghai Saturday. More than 80 travel trade delegates will showcase Britain as a destination toChinese buyers at a VisitBritain “Destination Britain China” three day event, being held in Shanghai starting on Nov. 21. Click the news icon for the full story…

World Travel Market 7-9 November

wtm2016Capela Training and Capela China will be attending World Travel Market next week in London’s Excel on all 3 days. We’ll be sharing space with our COTRI partners, on the ETOA Stand GV300.

We’ll also be around the UKinbound Stand. Please get in touch if you’d like to arrange to meet up with us and potentially also our COTRI colleague, the renowned tourism academic Professor Wolfgang Arlt.

Cheap pound lures Chinese shoppers in their droves to Britain


Cheapest pound in 31 years lures Chinese shoppers in their droves to Britain. Bad news for those holding the currency or anyone importing foreign goods, but great for British exporters and overseas bargain hunters. Click the news icon for the full story…

Deal to double flights between UK and China takes off


Thousands more flights between the UK and China could operate each year after a deal was struck in London to more than double the permitted number. The government said the move would boost tourism and trade opportunities for the UK, and create vital links for a post-Brexit Britain. Click the news icon for the full story…