A new online guide seeks to help Parisians learn how to best deal with Chinese tourists, and get some of the billions of dollars spent every year by Chinese citizens overseas.
The guide, produced by the Regional Tourism Council of the Paris Chamber of Commerce, is fairly basic. It informs readers that Chinese tourists are “primarily interested” in luxury and shopping and have an “idealised and romantic view of Paris”.
Some interesting statistics on Chinese tourists are provided. Only 16 percent of Chinese tourists in the French capital arrive as part of an organised coach tour, long the stereotype of Chinese visitors to Europe. Average daily expenditure is €171 (1,379 yuan) per day.
France has a love-hate relationship with Chinese tourists. On one hand the French are tripping over themselves, along with the rest of Europe, to get their hands on some renminbi. On the other, this desire for the tourists’ money hasn’t lessened European disdain for ‘crass’ and ‘vulgar’ Chinese tourists (this disdain doesn’t go away, ask any American who’s been to a major European city).
There was uproar last October when an upscale Paris hotel said it would not “be open to Chinese tourists”. The hotel owner later apologised.
Away from the bustle of the big city, two sets of Chinese tourists were photographed brawling in a lavender field in Provence, an incident that led to yet another wave of introspective handwringing on the domestic internet over the embarrassing behaviour of Chinese abroad.
[Image credit: @fatseth // Via: SCMP]