COTRI Director Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Georg Arlt in Forbes: “Chinese Outbound Tourism In The Post-War Era, And The Role Donald Trump Might Play”
- Posted by Christopher Ledsham
- On 21st November 2016
COTRI Director Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Georg Arlt’s latest article: “Chinese Outbound Tourism In The Post-War Era, And The Role Donald Trump Might Play”, published on his Forbes Blog on Friday, November 18, 2016 discusses the potential impact a Trump Administration may have on patterns of Chinese outbound tourism in the near future.
Proposing that President-elect Trump’s isolationist policy positions represent the end of the United States’ role as “a reliable protector of the Western world”, Professor Arlt considers the impacts increasing Chinese influence in a multipolar world may have on the country’s outbound tourism market.
As an ascendant China continues to spread its geopolitical influence through intergovernmental initiatives including the One Belt, One Road scheme, the 16+1 cooperation initiative between China and Central and Eastern Europe, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), China’s outbound tourism will grow, as it always has, in tandem with its soft power initiatives.
A Trump Administration’s more inward global outlook, however, could well see these schemes flourish further in the United States’ growing absence in the international arena, leading to Chinese tourists travelling in increased numbers to member states of such agreements, many of which are developing countries. Through their spending power, these Chinese travellers would become soft power standard bearers for a Beijing alternative to the Washington Consensus in a number of countries worldwide.
Nevertheless, while many of China’s regional neighbours anxiously anticipate the effects an emboldened Beijing government may have on Chinese tourism in the region, Professor Arlt suggests that other destinations such as Europe and the Canada may look to benefit from any loss of allure the United States may suffer among notably risk-averse Chinese travellers.
Prof. Dr. Arlt’s article: “Chinese Outbound Tourism In The Post-War Era, And The Role Donald Trump Might Play” can be read on his blog at Forbes.com.
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