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Page added on October 12, 2013

Chinese tourists take big spending to Maldives: The Wall Street Journal

“Rich Chinese who are sick of crowds at home during major holidays have discovered the Maldives, the tropical islands that typically draw jet-setters from Europe looking for an exotic locale,” writes Wei Gu for ‘The Wall Street Journal’.

“The Maldives has become the most desired destination for the Chinese, according to a report from China’s Tourism Bureau. Chinese tourists now dominate travel to the island country, with 103,734 arrivals in the first seven months of 2013, up 66 percent from the same period in 2011, according to its Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture.

Chinese visitor numbers dwarf those from the UK and Italy, which are in second and third place with 60,021 and 53,493 tourists, respectively.

During the recent Golden Week holiday, Zhu Hong, a partner in fashion boutique Shanghai Tang, joined with a group of eight business acquaintances for a private-jet trip to the Indian Ocean islands. The luxury-goods executive is now on his seventh passport after running out of pages on the previous six. Most of his friends, who are Shanghai property developers, haven’t spent as much time abroad, so they were eager to tag along with a well-travelled English speaker.

Unlike many Chinese who often travel with business associates, Mr Zhu normally prefers to spend holidays with his family, but made an exception because his son was training for a tennis tournament.

They stayed in villas on the water in the Maldives, but hardly dipped their toes in the water. They spent most of their time playing a popular Chinese card game called fighting the landlord.

‘Although I wished they have spent a bit more time on the beach, they really saw this game as an engaging intellectual challenge,’ Mr. Zhu said.

Well-off Chinese who are tired of beaches in Southeast Asia are looking for a new destination.

For Chinese passport holders, the Maldives is one of the few countries in the world that doesn’t require the hassle of a visa. Its white sand and lush green water couldn’t be more different than the travel scene in China during Golden Week, one of two weeks during the year when nearly the whole country is on holiday.”

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  • MissIndia NewDelhi: This is good news and will open up exciting new job opportunities for Maldivian maids, farmers, tailors and barbers. Now quotas need to be removed...
  • sheep: Everyone calm down, Kashim is a troll! haha! There’s not one person living in Maldives who supports sharia, madrasas, etc. that’s capable of writing...
  • Hero's more educated brother: Hey hero, my brother. Sorry you got 0.000001% (you voted for yourself) of the votes. Next time, don’t yell filth at the Maldivian...
  • Maldivian: I may have dropped out from grade 8, but even I know what a plimsoll line is and how to read it. When can we get some proper education for our maritime...
  • Maldivian: @maumoon: Nah, he’ll take a flight to singapore for botox treatments when he gets sick. :P
  • Maldivian: I remember this. Back in the maumoon era, they’d murder people in prison, then claim they had escaped to avoid responsibility. A dirty trick, but many...
  • Maldivian: Now you see why they fought so hard to free their get-out-of-jail free card back in december 2011? Criminals facing justice always panic.
  • maumoon: The true depth of this Hero guy is very obvious,isnt it.Pray that you do not get sick,for whcih you have to go to India

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