In the news: BCD Travel’s Jonathan Kao on China’s expected travel surge

BCD’s Kao is optimistic about the growth of travel throughout China’s provinces in the coming year.

BCD Travel’s Jonathan Kao, Managing Director Greater China, appeared in a China Global Television Network newscast to talk about China’s tourism industry and the increasing post-pandemic demand for travel. Takeaways from his interview include:

• China is expecting a record number of travelers after the 2020 downturn
• At least 265 million people are expected to travel this season
• More than US$7 billion expected in travel spend
• Average hotel room rates may increase by 15%
• Travel within China means great opportunities for local operators, as social media platforms help grow interest in certain destinations and experiences
• Government health and safety protocols are firmly in place to help keep travelers safe

About Jonathan Kao

Jonathan Kao has worked in corporate travel in Greater China for 15 years and understands what it takes to create an effectively managed travel program for local and global companies. In his role as managing director for BCD Travel Greater China, he oversees all commercial, financial and operational functions for one of the company’s fastest-growing markets and has been instrumental in shaping, strengthening and growing the company in Greater China.

Follow Jonathan Kao on LinkedIn.

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