Competition in China is rough and bloody for almost every company that even has the smell of possible success. But Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson did not yet find a reason why this rule does not apply to Starbucks. No competitor gets near the giant and – he wonders at his weblog – there is no real reason for that.
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Entertainment parks are becoming big business in China, but there are at least three players trying to come the Disney of China, including Disney itself. Who will be the real Disney of China, wonders Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson on his weblog.
Disney’s movie Beauty and the Beast has not been released in Malaysia for a overtly gay scene. In China it was not problem, triggering off much attention also from state-owned media. Other countries have already discovered the LGBT community as an attractive group of consumers, and Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson discusses at his weblog this emerging community in China.
Ten years ago it seemed an unlikely scenario: Chinese film makers overtaking the Hollywood moguls. But times are changing, writes Peking University business professor Jeffrey Towson, co-author of The One Hour China Book in LA Times. Both numbers of movies and their quality have reached amazing heights.
The battle between Wanda and Disney got a new twist as the Chinese company hired Andrew Kam, former managing director of Disneyland Hong Kong. A smart move, says retail analyst Ben Cavender in the China Daily.
Shanghai Disney opened with a lot of hype, but the number of visitors fell short of the expectations. The entertainment park is not yet where it wants to be, says business analyst Shaun Rein, although it might still bounce back from its current under-performance, he tells the South China Morning Post.
China´s media and entertainment industry has long been watched with pity: boring, curtailed by the Communist Party and part of moribund state-owned molochs. But China veteran Tom Doctoroff discovered this observation needs urgent correction and he tells in the Huffington Post how the industry became a winner.
Shanghai Disney opened this week after five years of preparing while China´s growth had been relatively slowing down. But business analyst Shaun Rein does not see this mega operation will be hurt by dropping consumer spending. Chinese still spend on experiences and their kids, he tells AP.
Even ahead of its official opening, the Shanghai Disneyland park looks for many the place to be. Costs might be higher, but it will add positively to consumer spending, says business analyst Shaun Rein in Bloomberg. “Every person with a kid or grandkid in China is going to go to Shanghai Disney as long as it’s big enough and good enough.”