Abacus hails Chinese Carrier Conference a Success

Travel News Asia Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Senior executives from the nine mainland based Chinese carriers - Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Shandong Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines and Xiamen Airlines met last month to exchange notes on industry developments and explore new business opportunities at the 2nd Abacus Chinese Carrier Conference (C3) held in the popular tourist destination Jiu Zhai Gou, in Sichuan, People's Republic of China.

The 27 participants at the conference were updated on latest hot topics such as the development of online travel distribution, Electronic Ticketing development and the Low Cost Carrier landscape, with the sharing of Abacus experiences, research findings and analysis.

Mr Patrick Lai, Vice President, Airline Marketing and North Asia at Abacus, said the conference served as a forum for the airlines and Abacus to discuss and exchange ideas on the latest industry trends and developments.

With China's tourism accounting for 5.5% of the world's total travel and tourism industry, it is becoming a dominant influence in the region's travel sector.

Mr Wei Lan Sun of China Southern Airlines said, "Abacus has always taken its role as leading travel facilitator very seriously, and reinforced this by sharing invaluable information and analysis. This conference allowed us to see the potential opportunities available to us in our major overseas markets, which will definitely help us in our airline growth and in maximising our potential in the region."

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