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Chinese delighted to ride rails on a slow train to Gembrook [The Age]

Victoria: It used to be Japanese tourists keeping Australian tourism doing well; and now the Chinese are playing their part as this report by the Age suggests. This is perhaps one of the ‘accidental’ features of China’s people’s diplomacy – in some cases such as this, locals are happy the Chinese arrive to stimulate the economy.

For more, check out CNN Go’s report on the ‘Top 10 dream destinations for Chinese tourists’ (CNNGO, September 6, 2011) where they share that ‘China is now the world’s fourth-largest outbound travel market and a beam of light for many countries’ sluggish travel industry.’

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Chinese delighted to ride rails on a slow train to Gembrook
by Geoff Strong
Source – The Age, published September 15, 2011

Full steam ahead: Puffing Billy leaves Belgrave yesterday. A big cash injection is needed to keep the tourist attraction on track. Photo: Joe Armao

YESTERDAY’S 2.30 service from Belgrave to Gembrook should have been a sight to gladden a tourism minister’s heart. About two-thirds of Puffing Billy’s passengers were Chinese visitors – snapping pictures and giving each other victory salutes.

Yet as the tiny train pulled out in a cloud of steam and smoke, those left at the station who manage one of the world’s oldest and most successful heritage railways fear bureaucracy could railroad it.

On Tuesday, a report to State Parliament warned that the largely volunteer-staffed organisation was at risk unless it received a substantial cash injection. The claim is for $26 million over five years.

Read the rest of the article here.


Filed under: Australia, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Chinese overseas, Domestic Growth, Economics, Influence, Lifestyle, People, Public Diplomacy, Social, Soft Power, Strategy, The Age, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Tourism

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