VisitScotland has welcomed the announcement of the first-ever direct flights from China to Scotland today (15 March).
Hainan Airlines will launch 4 weekly flights from China on 12 June, which link Beijing, Edinburgh and Dublin.
The service will fly from Beijing to Edinburgh and then Dublin and then back to Beijing on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and fly to Dublin and then onto Edinburgh and then back to Beijing on Thursdays and Sundays.
China is an important and growing market for the Scottish tourism sector with Edinburgh being the most popular UK destination after London.
Connectivity has been enhanced in recent years by airlines such as Qatar, Etihad and Emirates providing one-stop connections between China and Scotland via the Middle East. Turkish Airlines and Finnair – with its one-stop connections via Helsinki – have also been competing with British Airways, Air France and Lufthansa for a share of the market.
A direct flight from this important market will take things to a new level.
At next month’s VisitScotland Expo 2018 (11 to 12 April) in Glasgow, there will again be a significant turnout of buyers from China who will have the opportunity to experience and learn about Scotland’s key tourism businesses and attractions.
Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “This first-ever direct flight from China to Scotland is fantastic news and marks an exciting gear change for Scottish tourism and its engagement with the Chinese market.
“Already in recent years we have seen a steady rise in Chinese visitors to our shores and have been working closely with businesses across Scotland to help them to access this important opportunity. At the same time, we have been working with Chinese travel companies to continue to develop the range of Scottish holidays available to their clients.
“At our own VisitScotland Expo travel trade fair in Glasgow next month we will be hosting 35 Chinese tour operators, keen to do business with Scotland, and today’s announcement by Hainan Airlines will offer further encouragement for them to drive forward their plans to increase the number of Chinese visitors choosing Scotland as their next destination.”
For more information on the announcement, visit: http://www.edinburghairport.com/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/direct-route-from-edinburgh-to-beijing
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2018 Year of Young People
- The Year of Young People 2018 will be the next of the Scottish Government’s series of themed years, following the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.
- The Year of Young People (YoYP 2018) will inspire Scotland through its young people aged 8 to 26, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally
- Central to YoYP 2018 will be a celebratory events programme that puts young people at the heart of its development and delivery, creating new and valuable experiences for young Scots and the wider public, with links to the inaugural 2018 European Championships.
- Over 200 young people throughout Scotland are currently being recruited to become YoYP 2018 Ambassadors. Ambassadors will ensure that people and organisations in their communities know about what’s happening and will lead on projects and activities to create events and opportunities to celebrate young people.
- The Year of Young People will have six themes which were developed in co-production with young people themselves:
- oParticipation – looking at how young people can influence public services and decisions which affect their lives
- oEducation – creating a stronger role for young people in shaping their learning
- oHealth and Wellbeing – supporting young people to lead healthier, active lives and have opportunities to learn about and improve their mental health and resilience
- oEquality and Discrimination – broadcasting the value of young Scots, challenging negative perceptions of young people, and supporting young people to take leading roles in challenging discrimination in all its forms.
- oEnterprise and regeneration – celebrating young people’s role in innovation, entrepreneurship and the Scottish economy as well as making Scotland a greener and more pleasant place to live
- oCulture – celebrating young people’s talent and contribution to Scottish culture and arts.
- Further information on what’s happening and how people can get involved can be found on the new website www.yoyp2018.scot or @YOYP2018 on Twitter.