Ted Fang, Tera Capital Founder – Millennials & the Chinese Hospitality Market

Ted Fang / Singapore / Shanghai

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In recent years, the Chinese hospitality market has experienced significant growth and transformation, largely driven by the spending habits of millennials. This demographic group, born between 1981 and 1996, has become the main force behind the hospitality industry’s growth in China. Their spending habits, fueled by their high disposable income and tech-savvy behavior, have reshaped the hospitality industry in China.

From 2016 to 2019, millennials have made significant contributions to the hospitality market in China. According to a report by China Tourism Academy, in 2019, the country’s domestic tourism market exceeded 6 trillion yuan ($857 billion), with millennials accounting for more than 50% of all travelers. Here are some insights into their spending habits:

  1. Tech-savvy behavior: Millennials are known for their tech-savvy behavior, and they have embraced technology in all aspects of their travel experience. From booking flights, hotels, and activities to sharing their travel experiences on social media, millennials use technology to simplify their travel experience. As a result, the hospitality industry has adapted to this trend, offering free Wi-Fi, mobile check-in, and mobile payment options, among other tech-based services.

  2. Value for money: While millennials are willing to spend money on unique and personalized experiences, they are also price-sensitive. They are more likely to choose budget-friendly options that offer value for money. As a result, hotels and other hospitality providers have started offering affordable yet quality accommodation and services.

  3. Eco-friendly initiatives: Millennials are more environmentally conscious than previous generations, and they prefer eco-friendly travel options. As a result, hotels and other hospitality providers have started implementing eco-friendly initiatives such as energy-efficient lighting, water conservation, and waste reduction programs.

Ted Fang, founder of Tera Capital and co-founder of Frontier Group said, ”As the largest generation in China, millennials’ spending habits will continue to shape the future of the hospitality industry, and hospitality providers must adapt to their preferences to remain competitive.”

This post was taken from the archives in 2019.

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