Since 2009, Runaway Tours has been showing Chinese tourists Sydney and surroundings. Never has the time around Chinese New Year been this busy. For the small luxury private day tour operator, it is an exciting time.
Runaway Tours owner and operations manager Steve Arnerich said: “The increase in Chinese tourist arrivals has contributed to a steady growth in revenue for Runaway. Chinese New Year is always a busy time for us and this year was no exception. As a smaller operator, you can imagine it was operationally quite challenging. We turned away a handful of tours this year as we had no Chinese guides available. Luckily, we do work with the best guides in town, and managed to give all our guests a fabulous time.”
Lam Liang has been guiding tours for Runaway since 2010 and often takes Chinese visitors to the Blue Mountains or around Sydney. Lam used to be a chef and once cooked for one of China’s wealthiest women while on tour. Food and destination knowledge is highly regarded by Chinese tourists, making Lam one of Sydney’s top guides.
“Last Monday I took a group of 30 Singaporean guests to the Blue Mountains on behalf of Runaway Tours. Asian visitors tend to indulge and participate in as many activities as they can while on tour. This particular group wanted the full experience: exploring the Blue Mountains, visiting the wildlife park, learning about the area and tasting delicious food. They always want to come back, as there’s so much more to see.”
Runaway Tours operates day tours to the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, Port Stephens and Sydney City. Groups are guided by bilingual tour guides. Tours are conducted in English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Cantonese and Mandarin.