tourism

Chinese students’ travel behaviour: interview with two Chinese students in Dublin

In the context of the EU-China tourism year, B-sm@rk recently has been focusing its attention on young Chinese tourists as an interesting category of visitors in Europe. A particular segment of these tourists is represented by Chinese students in Europe. In fact, China in recent decades has led the global growth in students mobility, becoming the country that sends more students abroad in the world (544,500 in 2016). Furthermore, it is estimated that the Belt and Road Initiative will boost the mobility opportunities. According to recent statistics the most popular destinations among Chinese students in Europe are the U.K., France, Germany and Italy, but also Ireland welcomes every year an important share of these young Chinese people (1,745 in 2014-2015). ...

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Dublin Chinese New Year: B-sm@rk to present its latest research at China Business Culture event

The Chinese New Year is approaching and on the occasion of this important celebration many interesting events are taking place here in Dublin. Dublin Chinese New Year (DCNY) invited us to present our recent Destination Personality research on Venezia Marco Polo Airport at the event ‘China business culture: communication and marketing’, taking place at the Guinness Enterprise Centre (GEC) on 21st February. The seminar will offer interesting insights into how to do business in the increasingly important Chinese market. The event agenda include “Chinese Business Mind – How Chinese People Think About Business” with Alice Chau Ginguene; “How to Enter the World of Chinese Social Media” with Emerald Media; Gerard Corcoran, Huawei Senior Solutions Manager on “Smart Cities” and finally ...

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Brand new research about chinese tourists in EU unveiled at the opening of EU-China tourism year in Venice

Brand new research focusing chinese tourists in Europe: Save and B-sm@rk presents “Venice Marco Polo” today, on occasion of the official opening of Eu-China tourism year 2018 in Venice. In july 2016 EU president Juncket and chinese premier Li Keqiang have annoounced 2018 as Eu-China tourism year (ECTY). The main objectives of this joint programme are the aim of increasing the number of chinese tourists in EU destinations, with special focus to millennials FIT (free independent travellers). They are expected to be the 75% of chinese outbound tourism in 2018 and drive the 55% consumers boost of chinese economy. They are counting ca 25% of chinese population, with about 400 million people born between 1980 and 1999 in the Contry. ...

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A new #DestinationPersonality research about Sofia, Bulgaria

B-sm@rk, an Irish-Italian company based in Dublin and specialized in destination research and marketing, is starting a new research project about the capital city of Bulgaria, Sofia, with a program called Destination Personality, in which the firm has much experience. The idea of this project was born via a collaboration between the company and a soon-to-be graduate at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Jasmin Arifi, studying Economics and Management, and now intern at b-sm@rk. It will be realized with the collaboration of local partners. The project aims at analyzing the perception that tourists in Sofia have of the city, before, during, or after their tours, alongside a general study of tourism in Sofia. The Destination Personality concept uses a method ...

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The MySmark Combi-Action™ Search tailored for a Chinese audience

As we can see from the literature and the articles regarding Chinese tourism, Chinese tourists are becoming more and more aware of which are their needs and desires. Nowadays, their tastes have changed; they are satisfied no more with just a blitz group tour of all the European capitals, with a Chinese tour guide and Chinese tailored services. They want to taste the real tourist location with its real food and culture. They want to explore and have new experiences. They are becoming more and more independent travellers, more and more similar to the “seasoned western travellers” we are used to (Z_punkt The Foresight Company, TUI Think Tank. 2017). This is the reason why Chinese tourists have the same needs ...

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#DestinationPersonality: a real help for travelers and locations!

In the recent months, we focused our attention on the travel market because we believe our efforts and researches in Brand and Destination Personality could become useful in order to increase the travel experience. As Svetlana Masjutina pointed out in one of her latest article published on LinkedIn, the phenomenon of globalization and the ease of the outbound tourism all over the world have led several benefits for local economies. On the other hand, we have to consider that mass tourism is not all for good and it brings with it several concerns about the real experience that a tourist can have. In the fast growing tourism culture we have nowadays, we are inclined to visit as many places as we can ...

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Travel trends & Performance 2017 #DestinationPersonality

The European Travel Commission has recently published its report about travel Trends and Performances, you can read the entire document here. As mentioned in the report Europe has experienced a rapid growth in term of arrivals, especially from foreign tourists. Focus Ireland Between January and May in Ireland, the International Arrivals are increased 2% compared to the same period of the previous year. This number seems encouraging but is one of the worst performances throughout all the country analysed.   Focus China Recently here at b-smark we concentrate our efforts focusing on the Chinese outbound tourism in Ireland. In the European report, we can see how this topic is very hot in the travel market. Chinese are started to travel ...

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Destination Personality and Venice Islands: new insights

Burano and its colorful houses, Murano and its antique art of glass, Lido and its International Film Festival… Each island somehow contributes to the uniqueness and magnificence of Venetian territories. Although rich of history and tradition, Venice islands are not enough valued and promoted, and the paradoxical touristic overcrowding of Venice city center versus the scarce flow of visits suffered by the islands is the proof of that. An experimental research has been conducted this year by b-sm@rk, an Italo-Irish company specialized in digital marketing, following a proposal from an intern native from Pellestrina who wanted to identify the main reasons of this circumstance. During this study, a sample of five significative islands (Burano, Murano, Pellestrina, Giudecca and Lido) has ...

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Focus on Chinese outbound tourism future trends

The numbers of Chinese tourists in the world is growing at an amazing pace. Approximately 135 million outbound trips have been ventured by Chinese travellers in 2016, a number set to grow rapidly, reaching 200 million outbound trips in 2020. The size of the Chinese middle class has risen steadily with the rise in average income. Per capita GDP has increased by 148% in the last ten years: between 2003 and 2013 it grew at an average annual rate of 5.5%. Moreover, Oxford Economics predicts that by the year 2023 there will be another 61 million families who will be able to afford international travel by strengthening China’s role as the main market for international tourism. The flow trend of ...

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Converting an online action into a ‘Combi-Action™’

Nowadays, having a personalized and tailored advice about a possible location is what tourists are looking for. According to their needs and personality, they try to find the best place possible; and they want to find it as quick as possible!  Provide this kind of recommendations is one of the main Mysmark’s goals with its ‘Combi-Action™’. Among all the research done during the recent months is the one made for Tourism Ireland where we tried to analyze in deep this new opportunity. After the fulfillment of the socio-demographic form (Age, Gender, Nationality) the user needs to click on Combi-Action™ at bottom implemented in the “Search button”. It has been developed to easily convert an online action into a combined action, a ...

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