SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Asia's most visitedcities such as Bangkok and Singapore are also the most vulnerable to declinesin arrivals and any drop in tourism revenues because of their lack ofdiversification in visitors and growing dependence on Chinese tourists.
Asia was home to 70 percent of thefastest-growing cities by visitor arrivals last year, the annual MasterCardGlobal Destinations Index released last week shows, ranking the world's 132most popular cities by international visitor numbers and spending. But the bulkof that growth was due to outbound travel from China, putting those Asiandestinations at risk should Chinese tourists stay away as economic growthmoderates further.
Last year, more than 13 percent of visitorsto Asia-Pacific destinations were from China, the highest proportion among allforeign travellers and more than double the figure of just under 6 percentrecorded five years ago. By comparison, Chinese tourists accounted for just 0.6percent of all arrivals in London last year, according to the MasterCard data.
"As a source of tourists, China loomslarge and a lot of Asian cities have benefited hugely," MasterCard ChiefEconomist Dr Yuwa Hedrick-Wong told Reuters. "But they have grown to bevery dependent on these tourists, and one must be cautious not to go down onepath too far. You must diversify."
With tourism an important source of revenuefor many countries such as Thailand in a weak global economy, cities that gettourists from multiple destinations are more "resilient".Less-diversified cities should actively court tourists from a variety ofdestinations through publicity campaigns or by offering a wide range of attractionsthat appeal to a broad international audience, Hedrick-Wongsuggested. Istanbul, the world's sixth most popular with internationalvisitors, is the most diversified, with half of its visitors coming from 33cities. Top-ranked London is the second-most resilient, while top Asiandestination Bangkok is 7th.
W 15 hours ago
Have you ever heard such stupid newsarticle about the Japanese or the Americans when they were the majority of thetourists? Why everything regarding China or Chinese has to be so politicized bythe media here?
Toan 17 hours ago
Chinese squatting everywhere !
Angeles 15 hours ago
China economy growth definitely benefitesrest of world. God blesses China and rest of world.
dante 9 hours ago
Diversify of their tourists? how? luckilyChinese tourists are going to those Asian countries, if not, those countrieswould suffer even more economic loss. Some one is trying to stir up hatredagainst Chinese, that is exactly what this article is trying to do. What theywant, More Europeans or American tourists, but they don't have that extradollar to buy the airfare to come to asia. they would rather to spend theirbucks in their own backyards instead. what else one can learn from those SouthEast Asian countries? bench with naked women? or the man-made over Singaporewhere everything is made of concrete? or seeing Flipinos riding on a jeepney?or seeing those impoverished Indonesians living under $1 a day. or maybe enjoying opium in Myanmar?
p 8 hours ago
Chinese from PRC are not a good tourists,they bring their bad behaviour to the cities where they visits beside theirmoney. As a tourists you must respect the host cities cultural and traditional,dont bring your bad or unhygienic behaviour to the host cities...if you visit afriend home, do you behave badly in someone else house?
Quinnius 14 hours ago
send all the Chinese tourists toAfghanistan. PROBLEM SOLVED