Chinese Website Content key to growing Chinese Tourism
December 27, 2012
In spite of the recent years of global financial uncertainty, the Chinese economy is receiving more and more attention as its GDP continues to enjoy rapid growth. Due to this growth, we see an increasing number of travelers from China all over the world. Hilton Hotels & Resorts recently conducted a global research initiative and released its blue paper. Some of the findings include:
- Chinese outbound travel increased more than 20% compared with 2009. The total number of travelers exceeded 57 million.
- China has overtaken Japan and now represents the largest outbound tourist source country in Asia.
- In year 2010, Chinese outbound tourist travel expenditure was approximately US$47 billion.
Armed with the results of this research, Hilton Hotels & Resorts launched the Hilton Huanying (Mandarin for "welcome") program in August 2011 with 13 initial hotels. The initial launch was successful and now the program includes 70 Hilton hotels in over 23 countries. Hilton has averaged in excess of 120 percent year-over-year growth in Chinese related business.
With the Huanying program up and running, Chinese guests are welcomed by Mandarin speaking staff at the front desk upon arrival. Authentic Chinese breakfast items are available on the menu and guest are offered room amenities and services that are culturally adapted. In addition, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has launched a Chinese version of its Hilton Global Media Center to make their information available in the native language of Chinese travelers.
The latest data from eMarketer revealed that the emerging online travel markets of BRIC countries -Brazil, Russia, India and China - rank among the fastest growing markets in the world.
China's online travel sales reached $24.77 billion in 2011. It will surge to $32.51 billion in 2012.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, over 800,000 mainland Chinese residents visited the U.S. in the year of 2010 spending an average of $6,241 per person. This number has continued to grow in 2011.
For more information about hotel and hospitality localization, please visit our blog How to Prepare Better Chinese Tourism Content.
Chinese Website Localization
A well-localized website will leave great first impressions on potential customers. When Chinese travelers are trying to search and decide where to stay, a localized Chinese website can increase the hotel's visibility in the local market and save potential customers a great amount of time as they make their travel decisions. To further increase the visibility, combining your localized site with a solid Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy can greatly enhance your positioning on key local search engines. For more information, please see our blogs on:
In summary, Chinese market today offers tremendous opportunities and it will continue to grow. Having your website localized properly and optimized for local search engines will be your first step to reach out to and welcome your Chinese visitors.
Chinese market and language resources
For general issues related to Simplified Chinese, visit our webpage on Simplified Chinese Translation Quick Facts. To further explore issues specific to Chinese translation and Chinese localization you may wish to review two of our previous blogs:
- Doing online Business in China
- Top 7 Tips for Effective Chinese copywriting
- How to comply with new Chinese "Wealthy Lifestyle" advertising guidelines
Some Chinese language services provided by GPI:
Globalization Partners International (GPI) has also published a highly detailed guide to Chinese website globalization targeting Chinese consumers in a white paper, Website Globalization and E-Business China, which is available via a free download. You may contact GPI at firstname.lastname@example.org at 866-272-5874 with your specific questions about this market and your project goals. You may also request a complimentary Translation Quote for your project as well.
Amy Fang - Localization Project Manager
Amy Fang was born and raised in Taiwan where she earned an undergraduate degree in French from National Central University. She later earned her master's degree in French from Brigham Young University in the States. Amy’s linguistic experience extends beyond localization project management. She has over 10 years of experience doing freelance translation from French and English into Chinese as well as teaching both English and Chinese. She completed her Localization Project Manager Certification with California State University, Chico AND coursework in Localization Engineering from the University of Washington. Amy’s hobbies include collecting international art and running. She has completed a full triathlon in 2007 and half ironman in 2010. Amy also enjoys traveling extensively throughout Southeast Asia, Western Europe, and Northern Africa.