What types of cars do you rent?

Car Hire Comparison UK: Most rental companies categorise the hire cars and broadly speaking, these are as follows: Mini, Economy, compact, Standard or Intermediate, Full Size, Luxury or Premium, Vans/Minivans (also referred to as MPV's or People Carriers), SUV's and, depending on the location, Exotic and/or Special Cars which may include such icons as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini and so on. The 'vans' or people carriers are typically available in derivatives from 5 seats through to nine seater. Some locations will also have soft tops (convertibles/cabriolets) available, from a sports car through to a family soft top or 4x4 with a removable, canvas top. Compare Car Hire.

The range is exhaustive and we invite you to look at the 'information' section for additional details on individual vehicles and specifications. Remember, that the extent of the range will be dependent on availability, location and country. 

Where can I get my rental car?

The good news is that 'Car Hire Assistant' has access to over 550 suppliers who, combined, have some 30,000 locations in 175 countries. Therefore, if you want to collect your rental car from a large city, small town, holiday resort, sea port or airport, there is an excellent chance that one of the rental companies we use will have an office near you. If you want to collect your hire car from one location and return it to another, this is also possible with some hire companies, although a premium is charged. Many of the companies we deal with also have kiosks or stations at major airports. 

Remember, our service is free, there are no hidden charges or booking surcharges. We search, so you can compare, not just the price of your rental car, but the options, types of vehicles, locations and service. Compare car hire prices with Car Hire Assistant, The UK  Car Hire Comparison Site - Compare Car Hire

Car Rentals made simple

Renting a car, van or people carrier (MPV) does not have to be a stressful experience. Using a car rental comparison site such as 'Car Hire Assistant' can save you  many hours attempting to find the cheapest deals and then trying to compare the hire options on a like for like basis. Moreover, the process of weeding out those rental operators that employ tactics of headline grabbing, low rental costs, only to hit the hirer with a huge list of extras, means you have to remain alert. Car Hire Assistant removes ambiguities with a guarantee of no hidden prices and a commitment to inclusive rental rates. Car options are laid out in a logical manner allowing the renter to compare 'apples with apples'. We also offer additional, complimentary services such as Car Hire Excess Insurance, Travel Insurance and Airport Transfers. Free service and no booking charges. The best comparison site for Cheap Car Hire

Rental Cars in China

Luxury car rentals in China available through Car Hire AssistantTo get the best deals, we all need a little help sometimes and, if you are seeking a great deal on car rental in China (or other countries in Asia), then the Car Hire Assistant website is place to be. We are a price comparison site specialising in car hire, not just local hire, but international car rental in any of one the 175 countries we cover, which includes 30,000 rental locations. With some 550 suppliers, we are confident that we can present you with the best prices and range of options for you hire car in China (or other countries in Asia). Of course, we don't just limit ourselves to local suppliers, where appropriate, we will also seek prices from many of the major international car rental companies, which includes; Europcar, National, Avis, Sixt, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise and Alamo. 

The service is free and you will not be charged a booking fee. The prices are fully inclusive and completely transparent, therefore you do not have to be concerned about hidden charges, something we have all experienced at one time or another. Too good to be true, well not really, at Car Hire Assistant, we believe your rental price should include such necessities as; Collision Damage Waiver, Third Party Liability Protection, Theft Waiver, Airport charges, Taxes and Credit Card Surcharges. We think the search and the subsequent booking for you hire car in China (or other countries in Asia) should be as painless as possible, therefore we provide you with a wide range of options, clear pricing, great prices, a simple, 3 stage booking process. 

Don't be concerned that you may miss out on special offers from rental companies in China (or other countries in Asia), if they are running promotions, we will include this in your hire summary and highlight it as a best buy.

It doesn't really matter where you are travelling to in China (or other countries in Asia), or where it is most convenient to collect your hire car, be this at an airport, train station, city location, holiday resort or railway station. There really is every possibility we will be able to accommodate your wishes. SUV car rentals in China available through Car Hire Assistant

At Car Hire Assistant, we truly believe that it is important to be completely open about everything. Therefore, we want to take this opportunity to highlight the fact that laws and regulations are different in every country and this, would of course, include China (or other countries in Asia). Similarly, some terms can vary between rental operators, albeit in a minor way, therefore we ensure that the terms and conditions are made available to you to enable you to truly compare your options. 

We offer a wide range of vehicles in China (or other countries in Asia), however, the full extent will be determined by the local operator and your chosen rental location. The types of vehicles will include economy and compact models, family cars estate cars (station wagons), multi-purpose vehicles (also referred to as MPV's, people carriers or vans), prestige car including Mercedes (E Class, S Class, BMW 5 Series and 7 Series etc.) and four wheel drive vehicles such as Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV's) or 4x4's. In some larger locations or cities, we can also provide sports cars or high value prestige cars (Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin etc).

 

Visit China – Land Of Mystery and History

One of the most mystical and magical places in the world is China. This country is full of mystery and history, and draws many visitors from all over the world through the year.

Land

When most people think of China, the picture that most people have is of the large, crowded cities which are filled with the more than 1.3 billion people who live there. But there is much more to China than crowded cities. You can find almost any type of landscape there. There are beautiful beaches such as the Tianya Haijiao and Yalong Bay for those who love to go to the beach. For those who enjoy mountain scenery, there are the Himalayas. In the southeastern part, there are subtropical forests.

The climate of China will vary depending on where you will be visiting. The temperatures can range from cold to very hot, and it's as diverse as the land itself.

Here are some interesting facts about China.

  • Most populated country in the world with over 1.3 billion people living there.
  • Second largest country in the amount of land
  • The Yangtze (3rd longest) and Yellow Rivers(6th longest) have their sources in China.
  • China's Pacific Ocean Coastline is 9,000 miles long and is the 11th longest in the world.
  • The boundaries of the Pacific Ocean coastline are provided by the Yellow and Bohai Seas, and the South and East China Seas.

Things to see

Once you have arrived in China and checked into your hotel, the next thing that you will want to do is to go and see the sites. There are some things that you will want to see and do when you are in China.

Great Wall – This is one of the most significant sites to see in China. At more than 5,500 miles long anywhere you go in China you will be able to see it. It is an amazing sight and it's something that you won't soon forget.

The Forbidden City – This is found in the middle of Beijing and it's situated to the north of Mao Zedong's famous portrait in Tiananmen Square. This was the emperors' imperial seat during the Ming as well as Oing dynasties ranging from 1420 – 1912.

Terracotta Warriors – These were found in 1974 during the digging of a well. They were buried back in 210 BC during the reign of the Qin dynasty's first emperor. There are literally thousands of these warriors, all of which are life size and which have unique styles of faces, armor, and hair. The museum where they can be seen is found in the Shanxi province, in Xi'An.

Ming Tombs – For those visitors who want to experience more of the history of China, the Ming Tombs, located 50 km northwest of Beijing City is worth a visitor. These are the mausoleums of 13 emperors from the legendary Ming Dynasty, which ran from 1368 to 1644. Due to the integrated and palatial architecture, and long history, the site offers a very high historic and cultural value.

These are just a few of the things that you can see in China. Book a trip, arrange car hire in China, and have a vacation you will always remember! Car Hire Assistant can compare car hire for you in most major resorts in China as well as providing car hire at the major international airports in China and all major cities.

Planning your Trip

Things always seem to go better when they are carefully planned and flying to another destination is no exception. Plan well and all things being equal, you should have an uneventful trip with less stress. Here are the top tips:

Before you leave

  • Ensure that you have your airline tickets, vouchers for hotel bookings, car rental and/or airport shuttle transfers, your passport, visa (if required), money, credit cards and travellers cheques. If you are renting a car at your destination, make sure you have your driver's licence (paper and photo) and, if necessary, an international drivers permit. These items should all be kept in your hand luggage.
  • Familiarise yourself with the 'banned item' list, these change from time to time, but it is important to know what can go in your hand luggage, what must go in the hold and what you simply cannot take with you.
  • Avoid wrapping items such as gifts or presents because these may be opened by security at your departing or destination airport.
  • If you are taking essential medicines, ensure that that they are in their original packaging and, if they are prescription drugs, try and get a letter from your doctor confirming that these have been prescribed for you. Also remember, that is some countries, certain drugs are banned, even if you have been prescribed them by your doctor. If in doubt, check with the airline and/or embassy.
  • Make sure that you choose comfortable clothing, especially if it is a long journey, also be cognisant of the weather at your destination, which may influence your choice of clothes.
  • Check the weight of your luggage. Most airlines have a strict policy on exceeding baggage limits and airport surcharges can be very expensive. In addition, some airlines will not allow you to pay in excess at checkin, which could lead to delays and inconvenience.

Heading for the airport

  • Always remember to allow plenty of time to arrive at the airport. As a general rule, if you are taking an international flight, you should aim to be at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure. For local or domestic flights, at least one hour.
  • Make sure you know what terminal you are departing from, some airports are very large and the distance between the terminal buildings can be considerable.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to the airport. Road maintenance often happens at night, and this can occasionally lead to unexpected road closures, so check before you travel and allow ample time for your journey. If you are travelling during the day, then traffic may become your curse, once again, check on travel information sites and allow extra time for unexpected delays.
  • If you are driving to the airport yourself, it is advisable to book your airport parking in advance. Many websites no offer this service and it can be much cheaper than attempting to find parking on arrival.
  • If you are using public transport to get to the airport, then make sure you have booked advance tickets and also, that there are no planned maintenance (in respect of railways) or anticipated road works in the case of coach travel.
  • If you are travelling by hire car and intend to leave it at the airport, make sure the rental company has facilities to allow you to drop it off. Not all car rental companies have airport facilities, many are located just outside.

On arrival at the airport terminal

  • Since 2001, airport security has been tightened considerably and, on occasion, additional security measures are employed at very short notice. As a consequence, the amount of time taken to go through airport security has lengthened considerably and it can also be unpredictable, especially if additional measures have been introduced.
  • Make sure you are familiar with what you can take through security, particularly in relation to banned items and liquids. Remember, even if you have purchased something at the airport (such as drinks), you may not be able to take it through security and/or on the airline.
  • You must keep your baggage with you at all times. In part because of the security issues at airports, but also because it will almost certainly contain your essential travel documents and you would not want to lose them or have them stolen. You should never look after the belongings of other people or agree to carry anything onto the aircraft on their behalf.
  • Once you are through passport control and security, make sure you keep a close eye on the 'departure boards', many airport no longer make verbal announcements and you need to know which gate number your flight is departing from. Also consider the amount of time it takes to get from where you are to the gate, some airport are very large, such as Heathrow and it can take up to 30 minutes to get to the gate.

On the plane

  • If you are going on a long journey, then try to relax and get some sleep. For shorter journeys you may want to read a book, watch a movie or listen to music on your MP3 player. So make sure you have packed laptops, tablets and/or music players into your hand luggage.
  • It is advisable not to eat too much on long haul flights, because this can lead to an inability to sleep or indigestion. Move around the aircraft as much as you can to keep your circulation working. If you have flight socks, then consider using them.
  • Avoid too much alcohol, but drink plenty of other beverages to avoid dehydration.
  • Even if you are a seasoned traveller, it is worthwhile spending a few minutes to decide exactly what you need from your hire car. 
  • When considering the type of vehicle you wish to hire, consider the passengers and the luggage. Hiring a Suzuki jeep for 4 people with luggage could really be a problem. All too often hirers count the seats, but not the luggage.
  • If you are going on holiday and want to relax consider carefully whether you want a manual or automatic gearbox. 
  • Most cars have air conditioning as standard, but some of the economy vehicles may not, therefore if this is important to you, check carefully before you book and upgrade to the next model if necessary.
  • If you are not familiar with the country you are travelling to, then you need to think ahead. Planning the journey from your arrival airport to your destination is often overlooked. Do you need a local map, SatNav or will you take written directions? There is nothing worse than arriving at the airport in the middle of the night and getting lost! 
  • Do you need booster seats, child seats or a ski rack? These are often available from the hire companies at an additional charge, but they have to be booked in advance.  
  • Will you be the only driver? Some rental companies will allow a second driver at no additional charge (or for a small fee), but this needs to be booked in advance.
  • It is recommended that you remove the identiying tag from the car key ring and keep it in a safe place until the termination of your hire to avoid highlighting that you are a tourist and using a rental car. 
  • One Way Hires or dropping the car off at a different location can be convenient, but expensive. Most car hire companies allow this option, but it is worth checking the difference between these options and returning the car to the airport terminal. 
  • Check the terms of your hire carefully. Some rental companies will supply the car with a full tank of petrol and will expect you to return it with a full tank. If you don’t, then there could be additional charges levied and the cost of fuel may not be the most competitive. If your car is not provided with a full tank of petrol then you should plan to stop as early as possible refuel. 
  • Before you accept the car, make sure you check the condition carefully, noting any damage, including scratches, dents, tyres or windscreen damage. You should ensure that these are written on the handover form to avoid any arguments when the vehicle is returned. Also remember that, as the driver, you are responsible for ensuring that the hire car meets local road and traffic regulations, this includes, but is not limited to tyres, lights, wipers and brakes. If you are not happy, reject the vehicle and ask for an alternative. 
  • Above all, familiarise yourself with the car before you drive. Being in a different country with an unfamiliar car can be stressful. Take your time.
  • Rules of the road and more specifically traffic laws and regulations vary enormously between different countries. Therefore, whilst your drivers licence may be valid, your appreciation of local driving laws may not. To avoid frustration, fines, arrest or accidents, all travellers would be well advised to familiarise themselves with the local driving regulations before they embark on their journey. Many European countries also impose 'on the spot' fines for offences such as speeding. Also worth noting is that the car hire company will hold you personally liable for any fines incurred whilst you are using the vehicle, for example, parking fines

Guide to common rental car definitions:

These definitions are provided only as a guide and it essential that you refer to the terms and conditions of your rental agreement for specific terms relative to your hire.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), also referred to as: Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
If the hired car or any of its parts or accessories is damaged other than by theft, attempted theft or vandalism, while on rental, CDW limits your liability to the amount of the non-waivable excess, if any, which applies in each country, provided that you have adhered to all the terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement. CDW does not cover any damage caused as a result of theft, attempted theft or vandalism.

Theft Waiver (TW)
It is an insurance offered by the car rental firm limiting your liability to the excess amount in case of theft of the vehicle. This does not over negligence, if for example you can't return the ignition key, or you left it in an unsafe place, you could be liabel for the full cost of the vehicle, as would be the case with most domestic car insurance policies.

Third Party Liability Protection
Offers protection against any third pary liability such as damage to another vehicle or personal injuries to an individual not travelling in the hire car. TPLP typically does not have an excess or deductible amount to pay.

Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW)
Covers tyres, roof and windscreen.

Personal Insurance (PI) Insures against the cost if you accidentally kill yourself or a passenger. (Also see ALI below)
 
Personal Effects Cover (PEC)
Covers property that has been stolen from a vehicle.
 
Additional Liability Insurance (ALI)
This is an optional insurance that protects the hirer and other other authorised drivers against claims made by third parties for personal injuries, death and property damage caused by the use of or the operation of the rental car.

 

The top 20 tourist destinations around the world for British nationals are as follows; 1. Spain 17m, 2. France 14m, 3. USA 6.5m, 4. Ireland 3.579m, 5. Italy 3.5m, 6. Greece 3m, 7. Germany 2.372m, 8. Portugal 2.254m, 9. Turkey 1.920m, 10. Cyprus 1.3m, 11. China (including Hong Kong) 1.212m, 12. Egypt 1.202m, 13. UAE 1.1m, 14. Thailand 812k, 15. India 734k, 16. Australia 670k, 17. Canada 650k, 18. South Africa 451k, 19. New Zealand 300k, 20. Pakistan 285k.

The coveted, top 10 most visited countries in the world are; 1. France 75.5m, 2. United States 50.9m, 3. Spain 48.2m, 4. Italy 41.2m, 5. China 31.2m, 6. United Kingdom 25.2m, 7. Russia 21.2m, 8. Mexico 20.6m, 9. Canada 20.4m and 10. Germany 19m.

According to SkiHorizon, the top winter ski resorts were Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy. The French preferred, Val Thorens, Les Deux, Avoriaz, Les Arcs 1800, Les Menuires, The village of Les Coches, Saint Sorlin d'Arves, Risoul, Tignes Val Claret and Plagne Bellecote. For the British, it was; Morzine, Les Arcs, Saas Fee, Serre Chevalier, Avoriaz, La Plagne, St. Anton, Megeve, Puy St. Vincent and Alpe D'Huez. Whilst the Dutch opted for Risoul, Val Thorens, La Plagne, Saint Sorlin 'dArves, Menuires, Les Deaux Alpes, Avoriaz, SFL, Arca and Oz.

Although France leads the league table in terms of visitor numbers, the top spot in terms of revenue earned from tourism goes to America (World Tourism Organisation figures for 2010) of $103.5bn. 2. Spain $52.5bn, 3. France 46.3bn, 4. China $45.8bn, 5. Italy 38.8bn, 6. Germany $34.7bn, 7. United Kingdom $30.4bn, 8. Australia $30.1 bn, 9. Hong Kong (China) 23bn and 10. Turkey $20.8bn.

The worlds safest roads based on the estimated number of road traffic deaths per 100,000 of population are; 1. Netherlands(49), 2. Sweden (53), 3. Norway (56), 4. United Kingdom (57), 5. Switzerland (69), 6. Germany (71), 7. Finland (72), 8. Denmark (74) 9. Japan (75) and 10. Iceland (79).

The top selling cars in Europe in 2011 are; 1. VW Golf, 2. Ford Fiesta, 3. W Polo, 4. Opel Corsa, 5. Renault Clio, 6. OFord Focus, 7. Opel Astra, 8. Peugeot 207, 9. Fiat Punt0, 10. Renault Megane, 11. VW Passat, 12. Nissa Qashqai, 13. Fiat Panda, 14. Citroen C3 and 15. Skoda Octavia.

China continues to be the most important rising economy for the tourism industry, reveals a global study of travel industry executives by World Travel Market, the foremost global event for the travel industry.

The World Travel Market 2012 Industry Report asked 1,310 exhibitors and leading buyers from the Meridian Club to rank the BRICS economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – in order of importance for both inbound and outbound tourism.

China was the most significant outbound market for 26% of the participants, and the 2nd most significant for a further 24%. Furthermore, it also lead the tables for inbound relevance, highlighting a global desire to visit China. Some 28% felt that it was the most important inbound market of the five, with 26% putting it in second place.

Russia was the next most important outbound market, followed by Brazil, India and South Africa. For inbound, Brazil and Russia changed places with India and South Africa remaining the least important.

The sample was asked why their chosen BRICS economies was the most important, with the potential number of visitors coming out on top followed by the amount spent by travellers from the country.

The emerging economies have started to have an impact on the global travel and tourism industry, with 63% stating their company had or was planning to adjust its business model in order to appeal to travellers from the BRICS economies.

Reed Travel Exhibitions Chairman World Travel Market Fiona Jeffery said: “The size of the Chinese market is clearly a big factor in its importance as an outbound market, but it is interesting that China is also emerging as an important place for people to visit.

“However, to fully capitalise on the potential on offer from the BRICS countries, hotels and tourism companies need to adapt their product development accordingly.”

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The Chinese province of Hainan is on track to become one of the leading tourist resort destinations in the world by 2021.

According to a report released today by the World Travel & Tourism Council entitled ‘Hainan: Travel & Tourism Development Potential 2011 – 2021’, by 2021 tourism expenditure in Hainan will be roughly equivalent to that of Singapore today, and the industry will support as many jobs as in Malaysia and Italy.

In December 2009, China’s State Council issued a decree that Hainan in the South China Sea – the largest Special Economic Zone in China – was to be elevated into a world-class international tourist resort destination by 2020 and the provincial government is now well on the way to reaching these goals, according to the WTTC report.

International tourism expenditure (visitor exports) in the region is expected to grow by 12.6 per cent every year over the ten-year period 2011 to 2021 to Rmb110.8bn ($17.5bn).

This would make the Hainan tourism economy comparable in size to Singapore’s tourism economy today. In 2011, tourism contributed 35 per cent of the province’s GDP, with the figure expected to rise to 46 per cent by 2021. As a result of this growth, Hainan will directly support almost a million jobs in the tourism sector – roughly equal to Malaysia and Italy today.

Such rapid growth though does have some risks, WTTC finds.

It is important for the Hainan Provincial Government to ensure a carefully planned, island-wide approach, ensuring a spirit of co-operation and co-ordination among the different stakeholders, not to mention the best interests of the local population at all times.  This will help ensure that tourism does achieve the higher-end goals of sustainable development – contributing to natural and cultural heritage protection and preservation, as well as poverty alleviation.

Speaking at the launch of the report in London, David Scowsill, WTTC president, said: “Hainan is clearly well on-track to achieve its aim of becoming a world-class international tourism destination by 2020.

“With rapid growth in employment, visitor expenditure and contribution to GDP, it is not surprising that this tropical island has already attracted the attention of almost every major international hotel brand.

“The government of Hainan Province clearly recognises tourism’s potential for economic and social contribution and great steps have been taken over the past three years to develop Hainan as a world-class destination. 

“The opportunity is now to develop a sustainable, diverse product which draws on the Province’s unique cultural and natural heritage, burgeoning business tourism sector and high profile new attractions.”

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Seychelles has won the Island Holiday Destination of the Year, awarded by the China Travel & Meetings Industry Awards for Business Travel. Mr. Jean-Luc Lai-Lam from the Seychelles Tourism Board-China office, personally received the award together with Seychelles’ tourism representatives in China Li Huanhuan and Chenyun.

The China Travel & Meetings Industry Awards for Leisure & Business Travel hosted by Travel Weekly, which was the first travel industry media to incorporate online coverage and magazines for exclusive professional perspectives on the tourism industry, has over the years won industry-wide recognition and praise for their spirit of fairness, justice, and innovation.

“With increased focus in the Chinese market in recent years, this shows that the Seychelles Tourism Board’s approach has gained the islands due recognition in the right quarters. Seychelles is slowly but surely taking its place in China amongst one of the world’s most sought-after destinations for both the Chinese leisure and business travelers,” said Mr. Lai-Lam.

Upon receiving the excellent news of the award, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Elsia Grandcourt, congratulated her team for their dedication and hard work and wished to also thank the trade partners both from China and in Seychelles for their trust and believing in the potential of the Seychelles destination or the Chinese market. Receiving such an award today is the result of the groundwork started two years ago when the now Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St. Ange, was at the helm of the Seychelles Tourism Board. Now that Tourism and Culture is under one portfolio, the Minister is confident that Seychelles stand to benefit in multiple ways as he focuses on further building on the long-standing relationship dating 150 years between Seychelles and China.

“We cut our shirt from the cloth we had, as we moved systematically in China. It was President James Michel who personally led the first drive into China, which resulted with signatures of several MOUs with Chinese tour operators. This same approach was maintained by myself as the island’s Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture. The Seychelles Minister responsible for Transport also personally headed discussions with Chinese Airlines, and the CEO of the Tourism Board was present at many workshops and tourism trade fairs to get the name Seychelles more known. Today it is pleasing to see the recognition we are receiving by China Travel. It shows that we moved into this big potential market with intelligence and perfect planning,” Minister Alain St.Ange said.

Seychelles, Maldives, and Tahiti were short-listed among the top 3 Luxury Island Destinations of the Year by a panel of senior experts from the tourism and MICE industry, basing their decision on first-class products and excellence in service with professional standards, outstanding performance with a competitive advantage in the industry and a wide range of industry or public visibility, superior strategic development strategy and clear market insight, outstanding product innovation and R&D, strong relationship with consumers and partners, and finally superior business execution.

“Being short-listed amongst the top 3 by the expert judges not only shows good progress in our campaign for Seychelles, but also the confidence that the Chinese trades have in Seychelles as a number one destination for the market,” added Mr. Lai-Lam.

“What gives us even more confidence as a destination towards the work being done, is that the final say went out to the public/travelers themselves to cast their votes online, and coming out as number one confirms the potential for Seychelles in China,” added Mr. Lai-Lam

“Achieving this award today is also due to the excellent cooperation and support that the local trades in Seychelles are always providing, and we look forward to working closer together in order to increase our presence and grow the number of Chinese travelers to our shores,” added Mr. Lai-Lam.

Year to date, Chinese tourist arrivals is at a 126% increase compared to last year.

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News that China’s largest international carrier, China Southern Airlines, is to commence new flights to Cairns – its fifth port in Australia – could trigger a ‘tourism Renaissance’ for Tropical North Queensland.

China’s largest international airline will operate three new weekly flights to Cairns and increase its existing four-per-week service to Brisbane to a daily operation. The new services will commence in December, ahead of the busy Chinese New Year holiday period.

China Southern is the second Chinese carrier in a month to announce new air services to Cairns, with China Eastern having also confirmed new direct flights from Shanghai.

Tourism Australia Managing Director, Andrew McEvoy, believes the latest success in securing additional Chinese air capacity will help local tourism operators capitalise on Cairns’ growing number of Chinese visitor arrivals, which increased 39 per cent last year.

“Cairns and Tropical North Queensland have done it tough these last few years with floods, Yasi and a drop off in visitors from some of their traditional Western markets, but we’re definitely seeing positive signs of a fight back, signalling what we all hope is a Renaissance for the region’s tourism industry,” Mr McEvoy said.

“With Chinese visitors to Cairns up nearly 40 per cent last year, the appeal is clearly there and, now, with this significant injection of air capacity, so is the improvement in air access we need from Australia’s fastest growing and most valuable overseas market.”

Mr McEvoy paid special tribute to Cairns International Airport, together with the regional, state and federal tourism authorities, for their combined efforts in securing flights from two of China’s largest airlines

China Southern is the leading carrier on the China-Australia route, carrying 22 per cent of all Chinese tourists into Australia during 2011. In just over two years, the airline has nearly quadrupled capacity to Australia, opening up direct access between China and Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

Mr McEvoy said increasing aviation capacity between China and Australia was critical to enable the Australian tourism industry to further benefit from the fast growing markets of Asia, and move the industry closer to its 2020 goal of doubling overnight tourism to up to A$140 billion annually by the end of the decade.

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Air China has introduced the ‘Fast Track’ service at the airport of Bangkok to benefit its premium customers.

First Class/Business Class passengers and PhoenixMiles Platinum members on the flight Beijing-Bangkok-Beijing operated by Air China can get the ‘Fast Track’ card onboard or at the airport of Bangkok and then head to the specified location carrying the sign ‘FAST TRACK PASS’, where they should produce their valid credentials to qualify for the service.

The service tremendously cuts the time that the premium passengers have to spend at the airport for customs clearance into and out of Thailand.

Now the service is available at nine overseas airports, including Sydney International Airport, Melbourne Airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Rome Fiumicino Airport, Milan Malpensa Airport, Tokyo Narita Airport, London Heathrow Airport, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport, and Stockholm Arlanda International Airport.

Air China will make continuous improvements in the service, making it “a track truly for the privileged few”.

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Jeremy Hunt has launched an £8 million advertising campaign designed to triple the number of Chinese visitors to the United Kingdom over the next three years.

The secretary of state for culture, Olympics, media and sport said the initiative was part of a wider drive to “turbo-charge” the tourism sector in the wake of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“The Olympics should be for Britain what Usain Bolt is for athletics – something that grabs the attention of the whole world and refuses to let go,” he told an audience at the Tate Modern in London this morning.

As many as 150,000 visitors from China arrived in the UK in 2011.

However, this is significantly lower than numbers seen in rival German and French markets, Hunt said.

In an effort to boost the figure, the GREAT advertising campaign will be expanded beyond Beijing and Shanghai into second tier Chinese cities. Officials would also look at streamlining the visa application process, Hunt added. It is hoped the drive will add as much as £0.5 billion in tourism spending by 2015, creating 14,000 more jobs in the UK.

The move toward China was welcomed by VisitBritain.

“This is a market worth competing for – one we need to regard as a marathon rather than a sprint,” read a statement from the organisation.

Alongside improving visa processes, VisitBritain said increased flight connections with China, a broader range of British product is sold through the travel trade and a boost to the national image through the GREAT campaign would be useful in achieving an increase in visitor numbers.

International tourism delivers £18 billion each year to the British economy, with 31 million overseas guests arriving last year.

Hunt also today restated the target of boosting the number to 40 million visits a year by 2020, which would deliver £21 billion additional spend and support for 530,000 additional jobs across Britain.

However, UKinbound sounded a note of caution, pointing to high air passenger duty, lack of airport capacity in the south-east of England and the lack of a risk based approach to the processing of visas as potential stumbling blocks for tourism growth.

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Europcar, a leading car rental firm in Europe, has recognised its best performing franchisees at ITB in Berlin.

Franchisees were nominated within five categories:  “Best Performer”, “Technical Solutions”, “Customer Satisfaction”, “Commercial Vehicles” and “Best Newcomer”. This is the first time Europcar has rewarded its international franchisees’ network with dedicated trophies”.

2013 winners were:

Best Performer : Europcar Zambia:  Grant GATCHELL, General Director Customer Satisfaction: Europcar Switzerland: Carlos SARDINHA, General Manager Technical Solutions: Europcar Oman: Nitin SAPRE, General Manager Best Newcomer: Europcar Chile: Cristian PEREZ MOORE, General Manager Commercial Vehicles: Europcar Denmark: Poul TVEDE, General Manager

“We are very proud to reward our best franchisees for the first time. It is essential for Europcar that its franchisees’ network gets further integrated and recognised within our group. We have created our new Awards to highlight the best performances and share the best practices. Our franchisees give the Europcar brand a worldwide presence and high visibility, but also a great diversity to...

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Car Hire Assistant, the car rental price comparison site has changed the website address for its Car Hire Excess insurance. With immediate effect, the new address will be: www.carhireassistant.travelexcess.com.

A spokesman for Car Hire Assistant apologised for the inconvenience, but assured users that the excellent offers previously available for these independent car hire excess insurance policies shall remain.

Car Hire Assistant providers hirers with the opportunity to take out an independent ‘pay and claim’ insurance police to cover the insurance excess imposed by car rental firms. Taking out an independent policy can save hirers a small fortune, when compared to the ‘daily’ charges imposed by most rental companies.

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Heathrow passengers are the first in the world to use an revolutionary technology as component of the airport’s drive to further enhance the passenger experience. Terminal 1 passengers are being asked to participate in a 2 month ‘self-boarding’ trial in collaboration with South African Airways, which makes use of biometric data to help them board their flights quicker and more efficiently.

Once passengers arrive at the ‘self-boarding’ gate, they pass through an automatic electronic barrier which takes an infrared scan of their face. This data is verified against the biometric data that was taken at the check-in stage. When the 2 sets of data scans are successfully met, the barrier opens and the passenger can pass through and board their flight. The technology means that a passenger’s identification only needs to be checked by airline staff once during the whole departure process, minimising the amount of time it takes for passengers...

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Dubai International has broken another monthly record by receiving, for the first time, more than 5.5 million passengers in a single month. According to the traffic report issued by Dubai Airports, passenger traffic rose by 14.6 per cent to 5,559,760 in January 2013, up from 4,852,139 for the same period in 2012.

It is also acknowledged that most markets improved in January through a combination of holiday traffic and visitors to the ever popular Dubai Shopping Festival. In addition, flight links continue to be widened between Dubai and Saudi Arabia with Emirates, flydubai, Nasair and Saudi Arabian Airlines all adding new flights in 2012.

For example in the course of the year Emirates added new flights to Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh while flydubai expanded its network to include Jeddah, Dammam, Riyadh, Taif, Yanbu and Tabuk. Saudi Arabian Airlines, also introduced flights from Medina and Riyadh to Dubai and low-cost airline Nasair introduced links...

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South African Airways Extreme Fares campaign has seen exceptional 2013 figures for the airline in the UK, with income up 70 per cent year-on-year across some channels. The unprecedented improvement in January bookings comes after the recent launch of South African Airways’ focused winter adventure travel marketing campaign.

This witnessed the airline partner with adventurer Charley Boorman for his 4 part TV series Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure, which was broadcast on Channel 5 and exhibited South Africa’s ultimate experiences throughout January. The country was also in the limelight last month on the BBC as a consequence of David Attenborough’s ‘Africa’ show. Both shows generated interest which SAA were able to expolit.

Jon Danks head of UK&I marketing & communications, SAA said: “The integrated campaign ran across key digital, print, and social media channels, anchored to the range of adventures showcased in both shows.

“Our tie up with Charley and Channel 5 presented...

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