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The Chinese Are Coming – An Analysis Of The Preferences Of Chinese Holiday Makers At Home And Abroad


  • Maren A. Lau
  • Richard S.J. Tol

    () (Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin)


We analyse the destination choice of Chinese tourists in China and abroad. Abroad, Chinese tourists prefer to travel to large and rich countries, and are little deterred by distance. Climate, coast, culture and political stability are irrelevant. Chinese tourists travel disproportionally to “approved destinations”, but this is being eroded as more countries acquire this status. The model predicts that Southeast Asian countries are harmed most by the extension of the ADS system, while North America suffers most from being excluded. Domestically, Chinese tourists prefer rich and densely population areas, but dislike cities. They value easy access by road and rail, and are attracted by nature. Cultural attractions are less important, and may even reduce tourist numbers. Although potential tourist numbers are large, tourist operators should not assume that Chinese tourists behave like other tourists.

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  • Maren A. Lau & Richard S.J. Tol, 2006. "The Chinese Are Coming – An Analysis Of The Preferences Of Chinese Holiday Makers At Home And Abroad," Working Papers FNU-107, Research unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg University, revised Oct 2006.
  • Handle: RePEc:sgc:wpaper:107

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    1. Jacqueline M. Hamilton & Maten A. Lau, 2004. "The Role Of Climate Information In Tourist Destination Choice Decision-Making," Working Papers FNU-56, Research unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg University, revised Nov 2004.
    2. Chen, Weiqi & Hong, Huasheng & Liu, Yan & Zhang, Luoping & Hou, Xiaofeng & Raymond, Mark, 2004. "Recreation demand and economic value: An application of travel cost method for Xiamen Island," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 15(4), pages 398-406.
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    International tourism; domestic tourism; China; destination choice;

    JEL classification:

    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism


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