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Gary Bowerman
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I am an Asia-based travel and business writer, researcher and editor specialising in China, South East Asia and Asia Pacific. I travel frequently and divide my time between bases in Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Oxford.

Previously a researcher for Rough Guides in Central America, Editorial Director for Columbus in London and a consultant for the American Society of Travel Agents, I moved to China in 2004. In 2008, I co-founded Scribes of the Orient, a Shanghai and Hong Kong-based media, editorial and marketing services agency. In 2015, the company launched Check-in Asia Hotels & Travel, which focuses exclusively on Asia’s inbound, intra-regional and outbound travel sectors.

Each year, I review hotels and restaurants in Asia for the Condé Nast Traveller Hot List, and write the magazine’s annual 15-country Asia supplement, which in 2016 was themed Streets of Asia. I have researched and written several travel and tourism analysis reports for Mintel, including Outbound Travel from Australia and New Zealand (2016): Backpacking in Asia (2015) and Outbound Travel from Southeast Asia (2012), plus detailed reports on the tourism economies of Japan (2016), Malaysia (2015) and Myanmar (2014). I also contribute to numerous travel publications worldwide.

My book, The New Chinese Traveller: Business Opportunities from the Chinese Travel Revolution – a detailed behind-the-scenes look at the development of the booming Chinese travel industry – is published by Palgrave Macmillan.

 


 

SPECIALITIES

Business and Leisure Travel, MICE, China (incl. Hong Kong and Macau), the Far East, Malaysia, Singapore and South East Asia, Asian travel and hospitality, Restaurant and Hotel Reviews, Aviation, Hospitality, Luxury Travel, Design and Architecture.

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ARTICLES

My published features include:

Hip Off the Old Block: KL, Ipoh and Penang (SilverKris, June 2017)

Kuala Lumpur's Café Culture Plays Catch-up (Elsewhere, May 2017)

Disney Shanghai: The American Dream in China (DestinAsian Indonesia, May 2017)

All the Lights: Hong Kong (Voyeur Virgin Australia, cover story, May 2017)

Rise & Shine: Chinese New Year in Asia (Voyeur Virgin Australia, January 2017)

Streets of Asia – 15-country Asia Supplement (Conde Nast Traveller, May 2016)

The Trailblazers Owning the Kuala Lumpur Dining Scene
(NineMSN Elsewhere, April 2016)

What We Love to do in Kuala Lumpur (NineMSN Elsewhere, April 2016)

Travel Hotspots Direct Chinese Tourist Crowds Beyond The Beaten Path (Jing Daily, March 2016)

Gemstones, Seafood, and Cricket: Chinese Tourists Flock to Sri Lanka (Jing Daily, August 2015)

On Site in Pondicherry (Travel Age West, June 2015)

Capital Cool: Kuala Lumpur (Destination MO, December 2014)

The Top 12 Chinese Travel Trends to Watch for in 2015 (Skift, December 2014)

Chinese Travel Market Opens Options for U.S. Travel (Travel Age West, October 2014)

10 Things We Learned from China's October Golden Week (Jing Daily, November 2014)

An Interview about my book, The New Chinese Traveler (Focus, magazine of China-Britain Business Council Beijing, September 2014)

Chinese Tourism Takes to the Water (Asia Cruise News, August 2014)

Asia: Land & Water – 15-country Asia Supplement (Conde Nast Traveller, May 2014)

Shanghai City Guide (SilverKris, May 2014)

A Guide to Shanghai’s French Concession (Travel Age West, April 2014)

Coastal Charisma: Ningbo, China (Business Traveller Asia Pacific, March 2014)

New China Hotels Impress (Travel Age West, February 2014)

Hit the Spots: The World Top 12 Wine Bars (Matter of Taste, January 2014)

Kuala Lumpur: Shopping Meets Culture (Destination MO, November 2013)

Where to Stay: Beijing
(Conde Nast Traveller, November 2013)

Beijing: Asia Major
(Club 21, Autumn/Winter 2013)

Touring Tianjin
(Pearl, October 2013)

Sky-High for the Hong Kong Skyline (Travel Age West, September 2013)

A Fresh Face: MICE in Malaysia (MIX Meetings, August 2013)

Shanghai by Subway (Travel Age West, June 2013)

Asia: Ancient & Modern – 12-page Asia Supplement (Conde Nast Traveller, May 2013)

Guangzhou Reaches New Heights (Travel Age West, March 2013)

Singapore City Guide (Art Info, December 2012)

Beijing’s Revolutionary Redux (Art Info, December 2012)

Improvisation and Innovation for MICE Travel (MIX Meetings, November 2011)

Hong Kong City Guide (Art Info, November 2012)

Tours of Beijing and Shanghai (Travel Age West, October 2012)

Showstopping Technology For Major Events (MIX Meetings, August 2012)

Shanghai’s Secret Shops (Art Info, August 2012)

Singapore: A Boutique Hotel City (Travel Age West, July 2012)

London Olympics: Tourism Preview (Travel Age West, May 2012

China’s Boutique Hotels (Travel Age West, March 2012)

Myanmar: Southeast Asia’s Emerging Hotspot (Travel Age West, February 2012)

Going Ape in Sarawak (SilverKris, March 2012)

Backpacker Trails in Asia Pacific (Mintel Report, November 2011)

Kuala Lumpur: 5 Must Dos (SilverKris, September 2011)

Beijing to Shanghai: A Train for Two Cities (The Guardian, July 2011)

Design Forward: Seoul Stirs (Premium Traveler, June 2011)

Six of the Best: Global Eats & Stays (Prestige Hong Kong, April 2011)

Places to Watch in China 2011 (Travel Age West, January 2011)

George Town, Malaysia (Travel Age West, December 2010)

Singapore: The Lion's Share (Upward Curve, December 2010)

Spain's Fab Four: Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia & Bilbao (SilverKris, November 2010)

Coastal Jewels of Croatia (Travel Age West, September 2010)

Tiger Balm: Ho Chi Minh City (Business Traveler, July/August 2010)

Another Level: The World's Best Executive Hotel Floors (Business Traveler, May 2010)

Shanghai: The Bund is Back (CNN Traveller, May 2010)

Big World: Shanghai’s Dramatic Makeover for the 2010 World Expo (Business Traveler, April 2010)

Singapore Swings (CNN Traveller, January/February 2010)

Accommodating the 2010 World Expo: Challenges for Shanghai Hoteliers (Shanghai Business Review, January 2010)

Fast Track on the CRH: China's Railways Go Super High-Speed (TTG Asia, February 2010)

Hainan Rolls the Dice as First China Province with Gaming (TTG Asia, January 2010)

China's Hainan Island Sees Growth (TravelAgeWest, November 2009)

Shanghai's Pre-Expo Makeover (TTG Mice, October 2009)

24 Hours in Ningbo (CNN Traveller, September 2009)

Swire Group Debuts Its Brand in Asia (Travel Age West, October 2009)

Beijing’s Prolonged Hangover (TTG Asia, August 2009)

Cruising to Success at the Bund (TTG Asia, August 2009)

Guangzhou: Ready For Play (Business Traveler, February 2009)

Beguiling Bandung (TravelAgeWest, February 2009)

Dynamic Tianjin: The ‘Shanghai of the North’ (Urbane, October 2008)

Beijing’s Olympic Legacy (TravelAgeWest, September 2008)

Beijing Insider, Daily Olympic Reports (Sherman’s Travel, August 2008)

First-Timer’s Guide to China (Business Traveler, July/August 2008)

Asian Aviation Soars on Confidence (CNBC Europe Business, June 2008)

Sleeping Giants: China’s Sky-High Hotels (New York Times T Magazine, April 2008)

Chungking Express (Urbane, April 2008)

Towering Ambitions: Singapore Builds Big (CNN Traveller, Mar/Apr 2008)

Sleeping Giants: China’s New High-Rise Hotels (New York Times T Magazine, March 2008)

Soldier On: Inside the New Xi’an Museum (That’s Shanghai, February 2008)

10 Things You Might Not Know About Ningbo (Scribes of the Orient, January 2008)

Follow the Leader: Mao’s Legacy in Modern China (CNN Traveller, Nov/Dec 2007)

Rich History: Xi’an Goes From Terracotta to High-tech (Business Traveler, Nov 2007)

Art Deco Shanghai (Silk Road, September 2007)

Beijing: A City in Waiting (WorldTravelGuide.net, August 2007)

Macau Gets Set to Bring on the Bling (BizChinaUpdate.com, August 2007)

El Salvador: 15 Years After the Civil War (CNN Traveller, July/Aug 2007)

Inside I.M. Pei's New Suzhou Museum (That's Shanghai, May 2007)

24 Hours in Beijing (CNN Traveller, May/June 2007)

Shanghai's Contemporary Art Scene (Silk Road, April 2007)

Great Stalls of China: Selling Luxury Brands in China (CNN Traveller,
March/April 2007)

China 101 (Sherman's Travel, March 2007)

Tokyo Mini Guide & Hotel Reviews (Forbestraveler.com, October 2006)

Singapore City Break (ABTA magazine, September 2006)

Air India & Indian Airlines (CNN Traveller, July/Aug 2006)

Saigon City of Surprises (Travel Age West, July 2006)

New World Order: Asia’s Low-Cost Airlines (CNN Traveller, May/June 2006)

China: Olympic Nation (World Travel Guide 2006)

Shanghai City Break (ABTA Magazine, August 2006)

Hong Kong City Break (ABTA Magazine, June 2006)

Boutique Luang Prabang
(Asia and Away, April 2006)

24 Hours in Bangkok (CNN Traveller, Mar/Apr 2006)

Hiroshima 60 Years On (Asia and Away, February 2006)

Shanghai: Still Sassy (SilkRoad, March 2006)

Nanjing: China’s Crossroads (TravelAgeWest, February 2006)

Managing Corporate Travel In China (Shanghai Business Review, Jan 2006)

Commune: Great Halls of China (CNN Traveller, Nov/Dec 2005)

Mapping the Bund (CNN Traveller, July/Aug 2005)

Selling China (ABTA Magazine July/Aug 2005)

Reinventing Beijing (Travel Age West, July 2005)

Zoned-in Shanghai (Conde Nast Traveller, July 2005)

Heavenly Hangzhou (Travel Age West, June 2005)

Shanghai: The Smooth Weekend (FT: How To Spend It, May 2005)

Hainan: China’s Hawaii (Travel Age West, May 2005)

Qingdao: Preparing for 2008 (Silk Road, April 2005)

Hot 100: Shanghai (Club 21, April 2005)

Roots China (ABTA Travel Spirit, Feb/Mar 2005)

China’s Burgeoning Hotel Industry (Voyage, February 2005)

Qingdao: China’s Other Olympic City (CNN Traveller, Jan/Feb 2005)

On a Roll: Enjoying Old and New Macau (Voyage, November 2004)

Cut the Frills: Asia’s Low-cost Airlines (Voyage, November 2004)

Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong City Guides
(www.worldtravelguide.net, Nov/Dec 2004)

Qingdao: China's City of Sails
(Voyage, August 2004)

In Search of the Real Shanghai (Travel Trade Gazette, August 2004)

Developments in Shanghai’s Travel Industry (That’s Shanghai, August 2004)

What’s New in Shanghai (ASTAnetwork, August 2004)

China Soccer Update (When Saturday Comes, August 2004)

30 Great Reasons to Visit Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos (ASTAnetwork, August 2004)

Shanghai’s Hospitality Business Comes of Age (AmChat Shanghai, June 2004)

24 Hours in Shanghai (CNN Traveller – May 2004)

A Greater Union; Athens: Olympic City 2004; and Portugal Prepares to Host Euro 2004 (all featured in 2004 World Travel Guide – published April 2004)

Expanding the Union: 10 New EU Members (ASTAnetwork magazine – April 2004)

Hong Kong Welcomes Congress 2004 (ASTAnetwork magazine – April 2004)

Balancing Business Travel and Health (CNN Traveller – March 2004)

Do it Like A Local: Stockholm (ABTA Travel Spirit - January 2004)

30 Great Reasons to Visit Chile in 2004 (ASTAnetwork magazine – January 2004)

Bratislava Starts to Charm the Brits (Travel Trade Gazette – 13 October 2003)

History of Real Madrid/Estadio Bernabeu (CNN Traveller – September 2003)

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PRESENTATIONS

10 Global Trends to Watch in Chinese Outbound Travel (Travel Massive Shanghai, September 2015)

Who is the New Chinese Traveller? (M on the Bund, Shanghai, October 2014)

New Trends in Chinese Travel (Beijing Bookworm, October 2014)

New Trends in Chinese Travel (Suzhou Bookworm, October 2014)

Chinese Tourism in a Global Context, China Daily Seminar (London, October 2014)

Reality Check, Travel Policies And Contagious Diseases (Association of Corporate Travel Executives, Singapore)

Asia’s Emerging Low-Cost Carriers (Association of Corporate Travel Executives, Beijing)

China’s Emerging Markets (HSBC Executives, Shanghai)

Shanghai as a Leisure Destination (Ritz-Carlton Luxury Meetings Forum, Shanghai)

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BOOKS

The New Chinese Traveler: Business Opportunities from the Chinese Travel Revolution (Palgrave Macmillan, September 2014)

Luxe Guide: Shanghai (resident editor - May 2008 & June 2007)

ZAGAT Survey Shanghai Restaurants & Hotels (co-editor – 2008 & 2005)

PopOut Shanghai / PopOut Hong Kong (Compass Guides, Winter 2006)

Rough Guide: First Time Latin America (contributor – 2003)

Rough Guide to Central America (El Salvador and Nicaragua sections – 2001)

Rough Guide to the Maya World (contributor – 2001)

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