Australia has already been a major beneficiary of the growth of the Chinese middle class with its increasing demands for quality foods and wine from the likes of A2 Milk Company Ltd. (ASX: A2M) and Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (ASX: TWE).
With new found wealth, and the ability to travel overseas, we will also benefit from an expected doubling of visitors from one of the world’s fastest growing economies in the next ten years.
ASX-listed companies that should benefit from this boom in tourism include Sydney Airport Holdings Pty Ltd (ASX: SYD), which is the major gateway for tourists entering the country.
Operators who provide services to travellers to explore Australia should also benefit.
Apollo Tourism and Leisure Ltd (ASX: ATL) is my top choice here. Apollo is the largest rental provider of recreational motorhomes in Australia, and also has operations in New Zealand and North America. Not only does it rent motorhomes, but it manufactures and sells them under the brand names of Winnebago and Talvor in Australia and New Zealand.
It started as a family run business and has grown rapidly through acquisitions. In March it added the major UK operator Camperco to its global stable which provides the opportunity to further expand in Europe.
Although far from being a tech company, Apollo also has a 25% stake in Camplify the fast-growing online business which has been born out of the emergence of the sharing economy, linking caravan owners to caravan renters for short-term rentals.
Chinese tourists have initially been happy to go on guided coach tours when coming to Australia, but that is now changing rapidly as independent travel is seen to be more rewarding. Figures from Tourism Research Australia show that there was 112% growth in camping and caravan visitor nights by Chinese tourists from 2016 to 2017.
Sitting on an undemanding PE of 17, and a dividend yield of just under 2%, Apollo is a tourism stock that offers an opportunity to Australian investors to ride the tourism wave.
It's been a nail-biter of a reporting season here in the first half of 2018.
But the real action, in my opinion, is what companies are doing with dividends.
What does this mean for you? Well there is one stock I've found that could very well turn out to be THE best buy of 2018. And while there's no such thing as a 'sure thing' when it comes to investing - this ripper might come as close as I've ever seen.
Motley Fool contributor Simon Proudman owns shares of Apollo and Sydney Airport. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of and has recommended Sydney Airport Holdings Limited and Treasury Wine Estates. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of A2 Milk. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Treasury Wine Estates Limited. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.