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    China is expected to replace France as the world's top tourism destination by 2014

    China heading for top spot in world tourism rankings

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    Updated: 2007-07-02 14:44
    With the Olympics as a launch pad and amid a rising global fascination in all things Chinese, China is expected to replace France as the world's top tourism destination by 2014, according to experts.


    From just 300,000 in 1978, the number of foreign visitors to China reached 22 million in 2006, excluding arrivals from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, according to the China National Tourism Administration.

    "China is now an attractive destination for tourists the world over," administration vice-president Wang Zhifa told a travel industry forum in Beijing recently.


    While tourism growth in France has been slow, China has been enjoying double-digit expansion for years, with the number of tourist arrivals doubling in the past five years alone.


    As a result, China, originally expected to overtake France as the number one tourism destination in 2020, is now tipped to do so six years earlier, according to the World Tourism Organisation.
    Xu Jing, the organisation's Asia-Pacific representative, said that China was on course to overtake the United States, the world's number three tourist destination, this year in terms of foreign visitor arrivals.


    The Asian giant would then pass Spain, number two, by the end of the decade. With an expected boost from next year's Beijing Olympics, and another shot in the arm supplied by the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, China will overtake France by 2014, Xu said.


    The Chinese capital is preparing to receive 500,000 overseas visitors during the 2008 Summer Games from August 8-24, up from 350,000 visitors in August 2006.
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    Re: China is expected to replace France as the world's top tourism destination by 201

    Viva la China! oie oie
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    Re: China is expected to replace France as the world's top tourism destination by 201

    I don't know about that. France is a very attractive place. I'll believe it when I see it.
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    Re: China is expected to replace France as the world's top tourism destination by 201

    You know, of all the posts that have nothing to do with Hong Kong Disneyland, this one has the least.

    I do find it interesting that China sees itself this way. It brings home what this article said about the role of Hong Kong in that dynamic:

    http://www.insidebayarea.com/business/ci_6275846

    "Hong Kong is betting its future on remaining a fund-raising hub for share sales by mainland companies. On that front, so far, so good; its stock market last year rivaled London in initial public offerings. That's great, until Shanghai comes into its own. And don't forget Singapore, which is rapidly becoming a financial trading center for everything from currencies to energy and metals".

    Returning to Hong Kong Disneyland - this is a Disney forum, right? - by extension should HKDL start worrying that their position is going to be overtaken as a tourist spot as China comes into its own?

    Food for thought.
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    Re: China is expected to replace France as the world's top tourism destination by 201

    Quote Originally Posted by Loomis View Post
    You know, of all the posts that have nothing to do with Hong Kong Disneyland, this one has the least.

    I do find it interesting that China sees itself this way. It brings home what this article said about the role of Hong Kong in that dynamic:

    http://www.insidebayarea.com/business/ci_6275846

    "Hong Kong is betting its future on remaining a fund-raising hub for share sales by mainland companies. On that front, so far, so good; its stock market last year rivaled London in initial public offerings. That's great, until Shanghai comes into its own. And don't forget Singapore, which is rapidly becoming a financial trading center for everything from currencies to energy and metals".

    Returning to Hong Kong Disneyland - this is a Disney forum, right? - by extension should HKDL start worrying that their position is going to be overtaken as a tourist spot as China comes into its own?

    Food for thought.
    Hong Kong is already part of China.

    If China is becoming a world top destination, Hong Kong would also benefit.

    and with the current performance of Disneyland at Hong Kong, I doubted if there would be another disney park in Mainland China within the next few years. LOL

    therefore, no need to worry.

    Regarding Stock Market, I don't see Singapore as a competitor to Hong Kong. Shanghai might be, but that would be at least a few years away. No need to panic.

    why Singapore allows 2 casino to be built? LOL
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    Re: China is expected to replace France as the world's top tourism destination by 201

    Quote Originally Posted by Loomis View Post
    You know, of all the posts that have nothing to do with Hong Kong Disneyland, this one has the least.

    I do find it interesting that China sees itself this way. It brings home what this article said about the role of Hong Kong in that dynamic:

    http://www.insidebayarea.com/business/ci_6275846

    "Hong Kong is betting its future on remaining a fund-raising hub for share sales by mainland companies. On that front, so far, so good; its stock market last year rivaled London in initial public offerings. That's great, until Shanghai comes into its own. And don't forget Singapore, which is rapidly becoming a financial trading center for everything from currencies to energy and metals".

    Returning to Hong Kong Disneyland - this is a Disney forum, right? - by extension should HKDL start worrying that their position is going to be overtaken as a tourist spot as China comes into its own?

    Food for thought.
    Nobody's going to out do Disney in China as far as tourist Destinations go. The only company capable of giving Disney a run for it's money is Universal, and they have no parks anywhere in Asia. Word is that Disney has plans to build another theme park elsewhere in China in the future.

    As HongKongDisneyland has indicated, what benefits China as a whole is good for Hong Kong, and vice versa. Hong Kong will soon celebrate it's 10th aniversary of becoming a part of the mother ship, China.
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    Re: China is expected to replace France as the world's top tourism destination by 201

    I am aware that China and Hong Kong are "one country, two systems". Despite appearances, I am not a complete idiot. I can, for example, tell the difference between a thread on Disneyland and a random bit of Googling on China. Clever aren't I?

    Well, Hong Kong still has its own identity. I think the point of the article I used is that things like Disneyland have simply replaced British colonialism with American cultural imperialism. Hong Kong's presence as a world city benefits mainland China in terms of tourism and promotion - the current campaign of the Hong Kong Tourist Board is "Hong Kong - Asia's World City" - but I often wonder if the opposite is true.

    Besides, Mr. HKDL - if you didn't post this here to compare with Hong Kong, then you must have known you were spamming a HKDL thread with random nonsense?

    Anyways, goodbye. I'm off on a business/study trip. I'll be back in a week or so...No doubt there will heaps on Google I'll miss...
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    Re: China is expected to replace France as the world's top tourism destination by 201

    Quote Originally Posted by Loomis View Post
    I am aware that China and Hong Kong are "one country, two systems". Despite appearances, I am not a complete idiot. I can, for example, tell the difference between a thread on Disneyland and a random bit of Googling on China. Clever aren't I?

    Well, Hong Kong still has its own identity. I think the point of the article I used is that things like Disneyland have simply replaced British colonialism with American cultural imperialism. Hong Kong's presence as a world city benefits mainland China in terms of tourism and promotion - the current campaign of the Hong Kong Tourist Board is "Hong Kong - Asia's World City" - but I often wonder if the opposite is true.

    Besides, Mr. HKDL - if you didn't post this here to compare with Hong Kong, then you must have known you were spamming a HKDL thread with random nonsense?

    Anyways, goodbye. I'm off on a business/study trip. I'll be back in a week or so...No doubt there will heaps on Google I'll miss...
    what nonsense are u talking about?

    No, u wouldn't miss a thing.
    LOL

    Asking people if you are clever is already "Not clever" LOL

    have fun for yr trip.

    i can also tell the difference between "Press Release" and "Copy of Press Release".

    LOL
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    Re: China is expected to replace France as the world's top tourism destination by 201

    ORDDU: Well, my sisters and I have to admit that when we come here to read about Hong Kong Disneyland, it can be a bit annoying to find so many NON related articles to wade through, which have nothing at all to do with Disney's newest theme park. Not that the articles aren't interesting in their own right. But it does seem as though they belong in another section where there are non-Disney articles aplenty.

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    Re: China is expected to replace France as the world's top tourism destination by 201

    Quote Originally Posted by Ride Warrior View Post
    The only company capable of giving Disney a run for it's money is Universal, and they have no parks anywhere in Asia.
    What about Universal Studios Japan?
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    Re: China is expected to replace France as the world's top tourism destination by 201

    Quote Originally Posted by TDR_Fan View Post
    What about Universal Studios Japan?
    Oopsy! Big oversight! Since the it is brought up, though, Universal studios Japan is a pretty darned competitive park. It'd almost completely different than it's stateside sisters.
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    Re: China is expected to replace France as the world's top tourism destination by 201

    Quote Originally Posted by Ride Warrior View Post
    Oopsy! Big oversight! Since the it is brought up, though, Universal studios Japan is a pretty darned competitive park. It'd almost completely different than it's stateside sisters.
    Japan is definitely Asia's premier country when it comes to theme parks. It has 2 of the best Disney parks in Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, plus what is considered by many to be the best Universal Studios park.
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    Re: China is expected to replace France as the world's top tourism destination by 201

    Quote Originally Posted by Loomis View Post
    You know, of all the posts that have nothing to do with Hong Kong Disneyland, this one has the least.

    Returning to Hong Kong Disneyland - this is a Disney forum, right? - by extension should HKDL start worrying that their position is going to be overtaken as a tourist spot as China comes into its own?

    Food for thought.
    First, well spotted. Other than the normal ramblings and clipped articles, I too failed to see the connection. I get excited when I see 5 or 6 new threads here. Then, nothing related.

    Your last point about China coming into its own made me think a bit. (that doesn't happen often) Last week I saw a Chinese program on a water park across the border. It looked like it would be great fun. Much more than Ocean Park used to have. But on further watching, I wouldn't dream of taking my little one. I could see safety hazzard written all over the place.

    Which brings me back to HKDL. (I'm on the right board aren't I?) On the 1st of July during the thunderstorm warning everything outside shut down. Safety first right? Do they close down stateside attractions during thunderstorm warnings? And what happens during hurricane season in Fl? Not only has it been a while, but I don't think I've ever been during a warning.

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    Re: China is expected to replace France as the world's top tourism destination by 201

    Frankly, I think that anything non-Disney related should be posted in another forum. This is the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort forum, and it should stay that way. A good chunk of the forum has nothing to do with the resort, or very minimally at the least. I was okay with Ocean Park occasionally getting a thread or two here, but this is getting a bit out of hand. This forum isn't for everything related to Hong Kong and China; I don't think that kind of news even belong on MiceChat since it is not Disney related.
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    Re: China is expected to replace France as the world's top tourism destination by 201

    Hong Kong is already part of China.

    If China is becoming a world top destination, Hong Kong would also benefit.

    and with the current performance of Disneyland at Hong Kong, I doubted if there would be another disney park in Mainland China within the next few years. LOL

    therefore, no need to worry.

    Regarding Stock Market, I don't see Singapore as a competitor to Hong Kong. Shanghai might be, but that would be at least a few years away. No need to panic.

    why Singapore allows 2 casino to be built? LOL
    well...Singapore will have her own universal studios in 3 years time. i am sure that will give HKDL a run for it's money. Anw, the reason why singapore allowed the intergrated resorts(casinos are not the sole focus) is to boost its tourism economy, simple as that.
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