Chinese firm Tiens Group has booked out 140 hotels in Paris (not including this one, however) as it prepares to treat over half its 12,000 strong workforce to a lavish Parisian vacation, reports The Guardian.
A French foreign ministry spokesperson has revealed the details of the company’s generous holiday package, which is expected to run up a bill of US$15 million.
The French sojourn also includes a visit to Nice and a mass museum trip to the Louvre – which is sure to please fellow art connoisseurs.
Tiens Group, which was founded in 1995 by its billionaire chairman, Li Jinyuan, is a multinational conglomerate with businesses in biotechnology, health management, ecommerce, hotel and tourism – and has now evolved into one of China’s biggest companies.
Parisian authorities have already found themselves to be inept at receiving Chinese tourists, so the city must be bracing for the onslaught when this company’s workers arrive in droves.
However, we suspect the touring party will be on its best behaviour after China’s National Tourism Administration blacklisted four of China’s foulest travellers this week.
But, the real question of this story is why the company is bothering to fly its workers all the way to Europe anyway – given China already has its perfectly adequate little Paris right here.
By Liam Bourke