World urged to be ‘China-ready’ for travelers
Western merchants need to stop treating Chinese as “walking wallets or handbags” and prepare to receive more Chinese travelers, according to tourism professionals at a recent expo in Tianjin.
Statistics show Chinese made 100 million trips overseas in 2014. China has become the third-ranking country as a source of outbound visitors.
More Chinese will travel overseas, and they will not only buy foreign brand products, but also demand better service and respect for their culture, said Garry Crockett, global executive chairman of China Ready & Accredited.
Crockett called on both Western merchants and Chinese travelers to respect each others’ culture.
“For example, many Chinese are thought to be too noisy. Westerners need to understand that speaking loud is the Chinese cultural norm, not a sign of aggression or rudeness, but a sign of warmth, energy and passion,” he said, adding that Chinese travelers also need to understand the culture of the country they are visiting to get a better travel experience.