Will Beijing’s sabre-rattling affect Chinese travel decisions?
China’s threat to draw up a blacklist of countries targeting gambling is most likely directed at the online industry, though may be enough to deter some travelers even if the government doesn’t follow through with its action.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism fired a warning shot in late August that it intends to ban its nationals from visiting certain gambling destinations, saying that those cities are “disrupting the order of China’s outbound tourism market and endangering the personal and property safety of Chinese citizens.”
It was a wake up call for Asia’s integrated resorts, which have become increasingly reliant on China’s outbound tourism industry, which is forecast to account for one in five international trips by 2030. However, it’s not the first time Beijing has used tourism as a tool to wield influence elsewhere.
“The key to this is not to overreact. It comes on and off over the years,” Desmond...
Singapore police have busted at least two illegal gambling operations in the past week, while across Asia authorities have moved to stamp out illicit activities, from raids on premier league matches in India, to illegal number forecasting in Malaysia.