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Are there large numbers of Chinese Visitors in the PI?

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On my continuing quest to compare what is happening here in Thailand to a possible alternative place to live in the Philippines, here is a question. Here, we are being inundated with Chinese, Korean and Indian tourists. The impact on we western expats is much more  traffic congestion ( hundreds of coaches) , issues at the airport immigration desks,  rapidly raising prices and visitor attractions that are now too noisy and crowded to visit.  The Thai authorities seem very keen to cut down on western tourists, but attract Asian ones instead, despite the fact that the spend level with these groups  is reported to be much lower. Is the PI experiencing the same phenomena? 

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I would say no but might be area specific. Here where I am in Cebu city there are a lot of Japanese and Korean but hard to know if tourist or from a language school in my area.

Check link , https://www.dti.gov.ph/resources/statistics/tourist-arrivals

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I've found its hit and miss.  There definitely do seem to be more Korean and Japanese tourists from what I can tell.  However, when there are Chinese it will be a whole bus load of them.  Really can be annoying.  That said, I've only encountered them in kind of typical tourist hot spots, never off the beaten path. 

Bali, by comparison, seemed inundated with Chinese tourists.  Completely spoiled a couple of our stops.  I think your question is a smart one to ask. 

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Moalboal attracts many tourists who want to snorkel and scuba.  There is quite a mix and I don't think any one country really dominates in terms of numbers.

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19 hours ago, Pinetree said:

inundated with Chinese,

 

18 hours ago, Jollygoodfellow said:

area specific.

Here in Manila the high end casinos are packed with Chinese tourists. My wife still has connections with her department of tourism batchmates who say that large number of Chinese tourist go direct from the airport to high end resorts so us mediocre types might not see them.

I do know I met an American (married to a Filipina) who was looking to buy a house in an upscale subdivision who told me the prices are high right now due to Chinese flooding the housing market. 

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4 hours ago, scott h said:

I do know I met an American (married to a Filipina) who was looking to buy a house in an upscale subdivision who told me the prices are high right now due to Chinese flooding the housing market. 

How do they buy them if they can not own the land? 

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I’ve stayed at various condos near mall of asia over the last 3 years and have seen a big increase in the number of Chinese people staying there. From what I’ve read they aren’t tourists,  but workers at online gaming companies aimed at chinese users. If you look at condo ads on olx etc for that area there are a lot specifically targeting those workers. And it’s been driving the rental prices up. 

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The bar I drink in, In Eastwood the manager was telling me due to the Chinese moving in to the area for the on line gaming, his takings have gone up over 40% in the last 8 months, he even closes the bar some nights, as the Chinese pay him $2000 for exclusivity if it's a high ranking Chinese birthday, drinks and food on top of that

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In Manila there is. Everytime I go to extend to my Visa in Quezon City there's literally dozens of them in big groups. 

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In Iloilo we have very few Chinese - the majority of tourists/visitors/students are Korean.  

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