More Chinese tourists are visiting ASEAN countriesLi Kai has become quite the fan of Southeast Asia. In the past five years, Li, from Taiyuan City of north China's Shanxi Province, has visited Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket in Thailand, and Siem Reap in Cambodia. The 55-year-old plans to visit more of Southeast Asia soon."It's close to China geographically. Their visa process is also quite simple. Many offer visa on arrival or are free of visa fees," he said.https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d674d3267544e30457a6333566d54/img/3433bdb3dd3c4199b717a57201276c43/3433bdb3dd3c4199b717a57201276c43.jpgAs a retiree, Li Kai often visits a nearby travel agency to ask about tourist deals. /CGTN Photo
Li said he likes Thailand most. Aside from tourist attractions and great services, he recalls seeing many fellow Chinese travelers there. "They received us with great hospitality and their services have improved. Sometimes I even felt like I was in China, because of tourists there like me."Li also said one of the area's perks is the affordability. A week-long trip only costs him about 3,000 yuan.https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d674d3267544e30457a6333566d54/img/7d6690e191cc414780b1624603a6790c/7d6690e191cc414780b1624603a6790c.jpgZhang Xiaoyong has worked in the tourism industry for nearly two decades. /CGTN Photo
Zhang Xiaoyong is the deputy general manager of Baohua Int'l Travel Agency, one of the top agencies in the province. He said in recent years, Southeast Asia has seen a major spike in Chinese tourists, noting that Thailand is the most popular destination among his clients."Direct flights from Taiyuan to cities in Thailand started in 2011. Since then, our client numbers have skyrocketed. Now we have around 40,000 trips to Thailand each year, about 13 times that before 2011," Zhang told CGTN.https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d674d3267544e30457a6333566d54/img/3b85b3f4c8c3416faee84f8b3841ec2b/3b85b3f4c8c3416faee84f8b3841ec2b.jpgMore inland cities in China have opened direct flights to Cambodia. Angkor Wat is always the hottest scenic spot. /VCG Photo
He believes active cooperation between China and ASEAN nations has contributed to the tourism boom on both sides. "China has been promoting the Belt and Road Initiative and also launched the China-ASEAN Expo Tourism Exposition. I think these moves have greatly boosted tourism. Now more Chinese tourists go to ASEAN countries and vice-versa," Zhang said.https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d674d3267544e30457a6333566d54/img/b1a8eceef6df44299f19c50871aff682/b1a8eceef6df44299f19c50871aff682.jpgThe Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Brunei, a beautiful ASEAN country that has attracted many visitors in recent years. /VCG Photo
Statistics from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs show trips between China and ASEAN countries increased by more than 10 times from 2003 to 2017. And experts say the annual China-ASEAN Expo Tourism Exposition will only help those numbers grow in the coming years.
nice thread appal Just as China herself will be the world's top tourist destination by 2030, her peoples have already returned the compliment from the world by visiting other countries in great numbers.
The economies of Asean countries have benefited greatly from China tourists until their business owners have lamented the moment the numbers of China tourists fall for some reason or other.
There are tourists from other countries as well but their numbers do not come close to the numbers from China.
Asean goverments should note that China is today as she has been before the greatest booster to their economies and livelihood of their respective peoples. A single contract order for ANYTHING from her can sustain an ENTIRE industry for a year for any country, saving on marketing costs besides other costs.
Other advanced countries may talk about freedom and this and that but underneath their words, they do little except raise tensions. Besides, their goods are overpriced and too costly for most Asean peoples.
China has brought benefits to Asean countries directly and without fanfare. Her peoples and market are what have been buffering Asean economies from the severe effects caused by the current trade and technology restrictions imposed by countries like the US. In addition, her exchange rate has made sense for Asean countries to buy more from her industries and welcome them to invest in the region for export.
There have been historical and cultural ties between the peoples of China and Asean countries long before the west had colonized the region. It would be strange that after shaking off the colonialism, some Asean leaders would now still want the west back as their foreign leader and so forget the very motivation for their fight for independence from the west.
The road ahead can be smooth and bright for the whole of Asia. But only if and Asia for Asians first. @markwu
Nice propaganda there, but let's not forget that western travel markets penetrated these destinations decades ago, and it is with that money that the attractions in Asia have gained enough popularity for majority of Chinese tour groups to follow.
Despite being geographically close, Chinese interest to these destinations draws from the same well as taste for any other western produce.
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Nice propaganda there, but let's not forget that western travel markets penetrated these de ...
This is not propaganda, it's hard facts.
but let's not forget that western travel markets penetrated these destinations decades ago, and it is with that money that the attractions in Asia have gained enough popularity for majority of Chinese tour groups to follow.
Westerner tourists in ASEAN countries are largely tightwads, some of them have even taken to begging their way around on the street. And a lion's share of them just go there solely for the bawdy houses, really an eye-sore they are ......
markwu Post time: 2018-11-16 05:55 static/image/common/back.gif
Just as China herself will be the world's top tourist destination by 2030, her peoples have already ...
That boat which sank in Thailand months ago has now been retrieved.
One diver even lost his life in the process.
Taking that long to retrieve the boat makes me appreciate what the Shanghai divers were able to do retrieving that bus buried 70 meters under murky waters within days of the incident.
Now the Thai tourism board is offering a lot of discounts trying to lure Chinese tourists back even before the investigation into the incident has barely started.
I don't think anyone should go and visit Thailand before a final verdict about the incident has been completed. Good news for us:handshake
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