China’s Misguided Tourism Ambitions for French President’s Visit

French President Emmanuel Macron is making his first state visit to China from Monday to Wednesday this week, in what both French businesses and Chinese authorities hope will be a productive visit in promoting trade and improved EU-China relations. While certainly not explicitly focused on tourism, the visit brings with it the ambitions of tourism … More China’s Misguided Tourism Ambitions for French President’s Visit

How Chinese Tourism Can Rally After 2017’s ‘Trump Slump’

Various outlets have been claiming that the U.S. tourism industry is experiencing a so-called “Trump Slump.” There is no doubt that President Trump’s rhetoric and his administration’s policies have had a negative impact on inbound tourism to the United States, with the “travel ban” being the most significant overall. But many observers have pointed out … More How Chinese Tourism Can Rally After 2017’s ‘Trump Slump’

Britain Does What America Won’t: Open Skies with China

Brexit has created substantial concerns about the British economy and its place in the world. Currently, the Tory government is currently in triage mode. Britain had an ideal agreement with the EU, where they could both maintain currency independence and take advantage of the inter-connectivity of the European economy. Given Britain’s precipitous economic standing, maintaining … More Britain Does What America Won’t: Open Skies with China

“New China”: Repressive State Greets Expressive Millennials

International fashion and luxury brands maintain a constant balancing act in China. While the country has become the latest growth engine for their businesses, the Chinese government’s standard unpredictability when it comes to regulating foreign entities has hit them ruthlessly of late. It is not a secret that Beijing exerts enormous control over the operation … More “New China”: Repressive State Greets Expressive Millennials

Tourism and travel – part of nations political toolbox

Tourism as we know is part of rare luxuries one can enjoy during the leisure time. It also has substantial economic implications to favourite destinations, airlines and airports. It can also have more widespread implications even to nations or economies. Consider Russia’s western sanctions; foreign direct investments dry up, expat’s leaving back to their countries, … More Tourism and travel – part of nations political toolbox

The Paradise Papers show that offshore accounts aren’t just for shady tycoons

Mention offshore finance, and you might think of billionaire tycoons hiding their riches. Accounts in the British Virgin Islands or Panama seem especially sinister when hundreds of reporters spend months scouring 13.4 million documents, which are then given a cinematic-sounding name like the Paradise Papers. Read More

Does Trump-Xi Relations Matter for Sino-American Trade and Tourism?

For foreign brands and firms catering to Chinese tourists or luxury shoppers, the potential of Beijing reducing the flow of outbound Chinese tourists or damaging domestic operations as retaliation has proved to be a substantial concern in the past few years. The volatile relationship between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping has … More Does Trump-Xi Relations Matter for Sino-American Trade and Tourism?