Gary is director of Check-in Asia and an experienced Asia business, tourism and consumer analyst and speaker. He spent six years living and working in China (2004-2010), and has been based in Kuala Lumpur for almost a decade.
Having monitored Chinese domestic and outbound tourism since 2004, Gary is the author of The New Chinese Traveler: Business Opportunities from the Chinese Travel Revolution (2014). He has also authored several tourism economy reports and white papers, including China & India, South East Asia, Japan, Australia & New Zealand.
He is a regular contributor to CNA, has featured on CNN Business Traveller and undertaken media interviews for ITV News, Monocle 24, Nikkei Asia Review, WSJ, Skift and The Straits Times. In 2019, he joined the Advisory Council of the Centro de Estudios de Turismo Chino (CESTUR China) in Madrid.
A former Editor of Shanghai Business Review, Gary’s business journalism has been published by, among others, Financial Times, New York Times, SCMP, The Guardian, Forbes and The Middle East Commercial Law Review. He produces monthly retail, technology and travel trends reports on Vietnam and Indonesia for Mintel, and regular commentaries on Belt & Road projects in South and South East Asia.
Since January 2020, Gary co-hosts The South East Asia Travel Show podcast. In February, he spoke at Tourism & Coronavirus events in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
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