Various nations across Southeast Asia are aiming to attract more Chinese travellers due to proximity and number of potential visitors, while not alienating lucrative Western tourists who are seeking different experiences.
The sheer numbers of Chinese mean expanding transportation infrastructure to cope, one example being the upgrading of three airports in Myanmar.
Chinese and Hong Kong developers are constructing or expanding tourist facilities and attractions with associated market turmoil and damaged livelihoods of those dependent on foreign tourism. In Cambodia, the coastal city of Sihanoukville which has 100,000 inhabitants now has 30 casinos, catering to Chinese tourists – but local tourism business is dropping due to crowds of Chinese tourists and construction driving away other travellers.
As Chinese grows, Southeast Asian countries have to balance tapping into this but avoid a backlash from the local population and prospective visitors from the west.