While some nations have openly aired grievances with Chinese tourists filing in by the numbers and swarming their precious landmarks (see: today’s previous story), one town in Italy is welcoming the influx of mainland visitors along with their pockets full ‘o’ renminbi wholly.
A recent promotional video featuring Marco Zambuto, mayor of the Italian town Agrigento, has become a hit on Chinese social media for its message encouraging Chinese tourists to go ahead and “invade” its various sights and attractions.
The minute-long video was released on April 17 (2014, despite what its film quality might suggest) and includes Mandarin subtitles.
“Welcome, our dear Chinese friends. We will not disappoint you,” the mayor said in the segment, boasting the town’s sun, sea, cuisine, history and fun.
When asked why Zambuto chose to make the video, he told Xinhua: “First, because Chinese people now represent a big portion of international tourism flows,” Want China Times relays.
The second reason was that since China and Italy are both backed with rich history, the tourists should feel “inclined” to visit Agrigento and Sicily. “It seems to me that Chinese people today are increasingly curious and willing to discover new things,” he said.
Referencing that kid who drew on a 3,500-year-old Luxor temple in Egypt would be too easy. We did it.