The content in this page ("Chinese Tourism in Southeast Asia: A Blessing for All?" by ) is not produced by Prachatai staff. Prachatai merely provides a platform, and the opinions stated here do not necessarily reflect those of Prachatai.

Chinese Tourism in Southeast Asia: A Blessing for All?

Today tourism is a buzzword for a quick and easy development paradigm. Yet, stories of both glory and horror in tourism abound. The glory stories are often related to income and employment generation, the attraction of foreign exchange, the opportunities that tourism could provide for regional, rural and community development, as well as the opportunity to use tourism as a means for education in history, culture, nature and conservation. The horror stories, on the other hand, tend to emphasize the unstable nature of tourism, its possible uneven impact on income distribution in favor of the better-off and its negative impact on society, culture and the environment.

The talk by Prof. Mingsarn Kaosa-ard, President of the Public Policy Studies Institute Foundation (PPSIF), at 5-7.30pm on 22 November at SEA Junction will cover the new face of tourism in SEA dominated by tourists from China and the new opportunities and risks that emerge.



SEA Junction — OUR venue to connect on Southeast Asia (see

Public Policy Studies Institute Foundation. (PPSIF) – Aims to foster policy research in the interest of the poor and the vulnerable. (see


Since 2007, Prachatai English has been covering underreported issues in Thailand, especially about democratization and human rights, despite the risk and pressure from the law and the authorities. However, with only 2 full-time reporters and increasing annual operating costs, keeping our work going is a challenge. Your support will ensure we stay a professional media source and be able to expand our team to meet the challenges and deliver timely and in-depth reporting.

• Simple steps to support Prachatai English

1. Bank transfer to account “โครงการหนังสือพิมพ์อินเทอร์เน็ต ประชาไท” or “Prachatai Online Newspaper” 091-0-21689-4, Krungthai Bank

2. Or, Transfer money via Paypal, to e-mail address:, please leave a comment on the transaction as “For Prachatai English”