The World’s Complicated Relationships WIth Chinese Tourists
Mainland Chinese customers line up outside a Prada store at Hong Kong's shopping Tsim Sha Tsui district. Bobby Yip / Reuters
It’s impossible to know whether cities’ complaints are legitimate or simply stem from resentment. Either way, the fact that they clamor for Chinese tourists even while protesting their behavior makes one wonder what it would take to actually overcome the destinations’ financial interests.
Excerpt from New York Times
The grievances are familiar — they gawk, they shove, they eschew local cuisine, and last year, 83 million mainland Chinese spent $102 billion abroad — overtaking Americans and Germans — making them the world’s biggest tourism spenders, according to the [UNWTO.]
Their numbers have also placed them among the most resented tourists. Mainland Chinese tourists, often laden with cash and unfamiliar with foreign ways, are tumbling out of tour buses with apparently little appetite for hotel breakfast buffets and no concept of lining up…Countries are practically tripping over themselves to attract Chinese tourists…But the industry has experienced growing pains.