‘Zero-dollar’ Tours Bring in Chinese Tourists, But Locals Wonder ‘Where’s the Money?’

August 27th, 2018
‘Zero-dollar’ Tours Bring in Chinese Tourists, But Locals Wonder ‘Where’s the Money?’
“Zero-dollar” tourism has been popular among Chinese travelers looking to save money, especially in some Southeast Asian destinations like Bali and Thailand. These all-inclusive package tours are inexpensive – usually less expensive than independent travel – but they come with a catch: tourists are taken on many shopping trips and encouraged, sometimes required, to buy overpriced products. The tour guides and drivers get a kickback from the shopping excursions, offsetting the loss on the tour’s initial expense. Among locals, the concern is that the money spent on the shopping expeditions doesn’t stay in the country, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. In some cases, the shops are Chinese-owned and run by a local proxy – the money tourists spend is then diverted back to China. And with more shops utilizing mobile payments via WeChat Pay and Alipay, the payments don’t even get converted into local currency, thus avoiding foreign exchange ... read more
Source: https://jingtravel.com/feed/Published on 2018-08-27By Matthew Lubin




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