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A woman walks on a beach near the Club Med resort in Saint-Anne February 25, 2009.
A woman walks on a beach near the Club Med resort in Saint-Anne February 25, 2009.
(Jacky Naegelen/Reuters)

CARL MORTISHED

Amid tourist row, Chinese private equity firm bids for Club Med

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The Chinese Communist Party is worried about the uncouth behaviour of Chinese tourists abroad. Complaints are voiced in Southeast Asian resorts about poor table manners, loud voices, spitting and even urinating in public, capped by the recent discovery of graffiti in Chinese characters on an ancient Egyptian monument. Nouveau riche travellers have always aroused the contempt of sophisticates and provoked the irritation of locals but a Chinese private equity fund may have found the perfect solution in Club Med, which has been informally giving the French a kind of holiday skills training for decades.