The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Travel Card facilitates short-term business travel in the APEC region by simplifying the process of entering the APEC economy. The “information that is used for multiple purposes after use” approach is used. In other words, the applicant only needs to apply for an entry permit to the participating countries. Selected applicants from fully participating economies will receive prior authorization for a short business trip of up to 60 or 90 days. A 5-year card is issued, which acts as an immigration agency for other fully participatory economies. The card also allows holders to quickly follow the migration steps at major international airports in any economy. Please note that Canada and the United States (US) are temporary members of the ABTC Initiative and do not offer reciprocal entry agreements, but offer fast migration methods at major international airports.
To be eligible to apply for ABTC, you must have a valid APEC Economy Passport (or permanent residence in Hong Kong SAR (Hong Kong, China) and travel regularly throughout the APEC area. Each economy has the right to apply additional eligibility criteria to the applicant. Details of eligibility criteria for each economy can be found in the contact details for each economy below and can be downloaded from the national website.
Senior government officials and employees actively involved in the APEC business may also be eligible for ABTC. Each economy defines “a government official” according to its bureaucracy, so check with your economy to see if it meets that standard.
Asia-Pacific emerging business traveler
As the business travel center moves east, the hotel industry is preparing to meet growing demand. This is especially true in China’s hot market, where hotel owners and business travelers are busier than ever.
Marriott announced last week that it would open 27 new hotels in Asia in 2013. This hotel is the most open hotel in a year. Last summer, the Starwood Hotel temporarily relocated its CEO and other executives from New York City to Shanghai, exploring the area’s potential for a month. Hilton World currently operates 21 hotels in China and expects to have more than 100 hotels in China in the next 5 years.
According to a World Trade Foundation survey, China will spend $ 309 billion on business travel in 2015, spending the United States, which is expected to spend only $ 310 billion as a major expense. The same study shows that by 2015, travel costs will increase almost four times more than in the United States in all Asian countries.
Due to the rapid expansion of the region, the French hotel company Accor conducted an extensive survey in July of more than 10,000 business travelers based in Asia-Pacific. It shows interesting features and customs, which shows why many focus on the Chinese. Market. While reading the poll, Chinese business travelers mentioned the following:
- Staying in Low expensive hotels to save their company money
The average hotel budget for all Asia / Pacific travelers is $ 121 per night. Indonesians with an average budget of $ 92 per night, followed by Chinese with $ 99 per night, are the most affordable hotels. Australians have the highest budget at $ 158 per night. The budget for Singapore travelers is $ 134. From Hong Kong, $ 132.
- Most likely to work in rooms showing a strong work ethic
About 82% of travelers to China and Singapore say they worked in a hotel during one of their travels, but the average total traveler in the Asia-Pacific region was 75%.
- Use hotel fitness centers or spas
By comparison, 64% of Indian business travelers go to hotel stadiums more, but only 49% of Chinese do so. The average total of Asia / Oceania travelers is 53%.
- Make environmentally driven hotel choices
About 59% of Asia-Pacific travelers said they were willing to pay more for green hotels than for non-compromise hotels in the same area. Chinese (91%), Indonesian (71%) and Thai (70%) travelers are more likely to pay more. Australians (38%) and New Zealanders (37%) are the least likely.
- They are the highest frequency travelers
Business travelers from the Asia-Pacific region averaged 6.3 business trips in the first half of 2011 and plan to make about the same number of business trips in the second half of 2011. The Chinese (8.7), Indians (7.3) and Singaporeans (7.1) have made the most of business trips. Thais, Australians and New Zealanders made the fewest trips, about 5 times. However, 15% of Chinese travelers made more than 20 business trips during the first six months of 2011. This means that you can work quickly with the balance between life and life.