Category Archives: tourism

Capturing the fast changing business models – William Bao Bean

Major industries like travel, retail, automotive, telecom and others see their traditional business models changing very fast. At Shanghai-based SOSV managing director William Bao Bean helps startups to make money in new ways, based on data, and capture fast emerging markets, he tells at the Phocuswright Europe conference in Amsterdam last week. Companies should not cling to melting margins, but identify where money can be made, he argues.

Travel: hard to make a buck for startups – William Bao Bean

Ctrip is one of China’s successful travel companies, but for most startups, it is a tough market to crack, said William Bao Bean, managing director of the Shanghai-based China Accelerator, last week at a travel conference in Amsterdam, according to Phocuswire.com. Bean did identify some potential success stories, though.

Meng arrest: huge impact on business relations – Rupert Hoogewerf

The arrest on Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei CFO, in Canada, has a huge impact on business relations, says Hurun chief researcher Rupert Hoogewerf, who was in Canada for the Hurun Canada Fortune Forum on Sunday in Markham, to the China Daily.

Downturn in luxury purchases, certainly in the US – Ben Cavender

Consumers from China are spending less, and certainly luxury brands in the US will feel the downturn at least in the short run, says luxury consumer expert Ben Cavender to AP. Tighter visa restrictions under President Donald Trump also make it harder for Chinese shoppers to get to the United States.

Trends in luxury travel – Rupert Hoogewerf

China’s luxury travelers are high on the agenda of the tourism industry, and Rupert Hoogewerf, publisher of the Hurun China Rich List, sees a few major trends. Family trips are emerging as a preference, and WeChat groups of alumni of key universities a forgotten way to connect to the luxury travelers, he tells in the South China Morning Post.

Just one idea is not good enough for a startup – William Bao Bean

Earning back the investment to gain China users for your internet startup is tough because of the high costs, says Shanghai-based investment guru William Bao Bean to travel website TTG. Just a brilliant idea is no longer enough, you need a suite of services to survive.

Consumption experts at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

The Chinese government tries to shift its economy from investment-driven towards consumption, with considerable success. And the outside world is equally seeing the consumption power of the Chinese, as they travel more than ever, and spend per head more than tourists from any other country.

But tapping into that huge spending power is not always easy, and is driven by the often hard-to-predict habits of Chinese consumers, policies by the government and the powerful social media. Experts at the China Speakers Bureau are happy to give your efforts direction.

What if gambling takes off in Hainan? – Sara Hsu

The debate is taking off on whether China would allow gambling on Hainan Island. Financial analyst Sara Hsu explains gambling would diversify the tourism industry on the island, but would also hurt the economy in nearby Macau. Two earlier efforts on Hainan were already aborted for political reasons.

Why China does not use its consumer power in the trade war, yet – Victor Shih

The developing trade war between China and the US focuses on tariffs for commodities, while China could hurt the US really nasty by deploying its consumer power by boycotting products, tourism and US-related education. Political analyst Victor Shih, author of Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation, explains in Bloomberg why China has not done so.

Ashley Dudarenok joins the China Speakers Bureau

The China Speakers Bureau is happy to announce that Hong Kong-based marketing veteran Ashley Dudarenok is joining her speakers’ agency. Ashley not only has 12 years of business and marketing experience in China, and is an expert on social media but also using those tools in a very creative way.