Good Morning. The good times can’t last forever. That’s what Southeast Asian gaming and tourism hubs are realizing as the Chinese tourism rebound fails to meet expectations. Security concerns and an economic slowdown are causing drops in Chinese tourism and spending, pressuring the visitor-dependent nations. Meanwhile, Asian bettors continue to trump their European counterparts, averaging 2.5 times more and leaving bettors in LatAm far in the dust.
What you need to know
- Southeast Asian economies face a tourism dilemma: the absence of Chinese tourists and the struggle to lure them back.
- Average bet in Asia outstrips European averages by 2.5 times; leaving average bet size of LatAm players trailing more than fourfold.
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Gaming and tourism hubs within Southeast Asia are struggling to attract Chinese customers, with sharp drop-offs in the numbers of visitors from the source when compared to 2019. Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand are all suffering from less outbound Chinese tourism, with lower spending being attributed to an economic slowdown and safety concerns.
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