This week’s cautionary tale for the tourism industry involves an allegation that an upscale resort in the Maldives intentionally removed hot water kettles from the rooms of Chinese tourists in order to discourage them from eating instant noodles at the expense of the hotel’s restaurant business. What began as a post on an online forum has quickly become a social media nightmare for the resort and the Maldives as a destination.Read More »
According to this video report from VOA, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of tourists from China visiting the United States. They have helped boost local economies and businesses expect the growth to continue. Some businesses in Los Angeles are catering to their needs.Read More »
In recent years, countries who have eased restrictions for Chinese tourists have seen an increase in visitors and the tourism dollars they bring with them. Below is a summary of articles that highlight the importance of relaxing visa restrictions in order to attract more tourism dollars from China.Read More »
While the local economies of many countries such as France and Australia have benefited from an increase in Chinese tourists in the last decade, restrictive visa policies have placed the U.S. behind the curve in attracting Chinese tourists in America. In recent years, the U.S. administration has begun taking the initiative to increase tourism to the states as part of a comprehensive effort to spur much needed job creation. The following is a curated list of articles that provide insight into the efforts of the U.S. to attract more Chinese tourists.Read More »
Recognizing the growing trend of outbound Chinese tourism, major hotel brands are going to great lengths to accomodate Chinese tourists. From an increase in Mandarin-speaking hotel employees to Chinese breakfast options, the following is a summary of insights on how the hospitality sector is adapting to the tastes and preferences of the Chinese traveler.Read More »
International Tourism: “Low Hanging Fruit” for economic stimulus
The U.S. government has found a new way to create jobs and stimulate the economy — by promoting the U.S. as a tourist destination to international travelers. The government believes that courting tourists from cash rich countries like China, Brazil and India could add as many as 1.3 million new jobs and an $859 boost to the economy over the next ten years.
Chinese tourists are leading the pack, with spending up 39% in 2010 to reach US$6 billion.Read More »