Hotels“People are worried about what is fake and deceptive,” says travel guide chief

Forbes Travel CEO is wowed by Macau, worried about Bali

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Cuba didn’t regulate tourism, now it’s over-run, says Forbes Travel boss.
Cuba didn’t regulate tourism, now it’s over-run, says Forbes Travel boss. Photo Credit: Oberart/GettyImages

He’s just been in Hong Kong, a flying visit through a city that has been on Forbes Travel Guide’s books for many years.

When Jerry Inzerillo comes to town, hoteliers take note. They gather their staff together; group photos have become a traditional welcome for the CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. 

He’s just been in Hong Kong, a flying visit through a city that has been on Forbes Travel Guide’s books for many years.

Inzerillo is also wowed by Macau. “Twenty years ago Macau was out of a movie; less than desirable. Today there are 12 five star hotels, more than Paris, and multiple four stars.”

He also has his eye on Vietnam, especially Danang and Saigon, saying all levels of tourism are thriving in this emerging country. 

“Meanwhile the perennial heavyweights like Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai keep raising the bar.”

As traveller numbers continue to rise, Inzerillo says destinations like Shenzhen, Singapore, Dubai and Orlando are reaping the benefits. But these days, the flip side of the coin is clearly seen in the Boracays, Balis and Cubas of the world. 

“The numbers are so prolific, how do you regulate? Cuba didn’t regulate when it opened, and now is overrun. Look at the hyper-developed tourism profiles of Indonesia and Thailand.” 

He compares them with Laos, Bhutan, Mongolia, Iceland and New Zealand. “People are worried about what is fake and deceptive. They want authenticity, integrity.”

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