From Robert Whitcomb's "Digital Diary'' in GoLocal24.com
The Chinese were the number one source of foreign tourists in Greater Boston last year, taking first place from the British. The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau estimated that 230,000 Chinese visited the area last year (compared to 224,000 Brits), drawn particularly by its history and its great educational institutions (and maybe by the opportunity to do a little industrial espionage in the region’s huge high-tech sector). The Chinese are especially eager to see MIT and Harvard, which many Chinese attend.
It’s too early to tell how much the Trump administration crackdown on immigrants might reduce the flow. Meanwhile, The Boston Globe reported that a U.S.-China climate summit slated to be held in Boston this year has not been scheduled, raising suspicions that that’s because of the Trump administration’s opposition to doing anything about global warming.