Three of England’s leading cities have today announced a joint tourism campaign to make it easier than ever for Chinese visitors to explore England.

The partnership will see London, Birmingham, Manchester and surrounding areas join forces to promote a unique tourism experience to Chinese visitors. 

The project, called ‘Experience England’, will offer tailored packages for Chinese tourists looking to visit the thriving cities of London, Manchester and Birmingham, as well as trips to picturesque English villages and countryside hot-spots such as The Lake District.

The initiative will offer a seamless holiday experience for Chinese visitors, providing a one-stop-shop for flights, hotels and transport between destinations alongside a range of fixed and flexible itineraries in multiple English destinations.

The ‘Experience England’ tailored packages will be available via leading Chinese travel provider, Qunar.com, enabling Chinese visitors to discover English landmarks, icons and culture including: shopping trips to London’s West End, a VIP trip to English Premier League Champions, Manchester City and a tour of Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford.

The ground-breaking partnership between the three cities and Qunar was announced today in Shanghai by London’s Deputy Mayor, Rajesh Agrawal and Mr Weiping He, Chief Technology Officer and VP of Hotel Business, Qunar.

In the next decade, China is set to be the fastest growing market for overseas tourists into London, according to figures compiled by London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s official promotional agency. By 2025, the number of Chinese visitors to London is expected to increase by over 100 per cent.

Chinese holidaymakers to London have also shown a strong desire to experience locations outside of the capital, with over 70% of all nights spent in the UK outside of the capital city. Separate research of all global visitors to London shows that levels of visitor satisfaction increases significantly when people do visit other destinations outside of London.  

Manchester, served by two direct flights from Beijing and Hong Kong, welcomes the second highest number of Chinese visitors in England and Marketing Manchester has been working in China for a number of years representing a consortium of Northern England partners such as the Lake District, Liverpool and York promoting Manchester as the Home of Football, City of Shopping and the Gateway to Northern England. 

VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said: 

“The Experience England project inspires Chinese visitors to explore more of the country, making it easier for them to experience the cultural heritage, vibrancy and diversity of our regions and boosting growth from tourism across England.”

Mr Weiping He, Chief Technology Officer and VP of Hotel Business, Qunar added: 

“The recent rapid growth of Chinese tourists in England and their spending power has shown that Chinese tourists have strong potential for contributing to the growth and development of the tourism industry in England. We hope that through our in-depth cooperation with the Discover England Fund, we will promote more diversified travel products to land in China, allowing Chinese tourists to have a deeper understanding of England, stimulate interest in British travel, and travel there to experience the modern cities and beautiful countryside of England.”