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New Hong Kong Tourism Restrictions to Boost Japan, Korea

April 13, 2015/0/0/

Long considered the go-to destination for mainland Chinese gray-market vendors (stocking up on everything from luxury handbags to diapers), Hong Kong is set to crack down on unlimited visits by residents of nearby Shenzhen. According to the BBC, this week China announced that it will stop issuing multiple entry Hong Kong visas to Shenzhen residents, in […]

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China’s “DIY” Travelers Take Charge

April 6, 2015/0/0/

While legions of Chinese group travelers remain a regular sight from Seoul and Tokyo to New York and Paris, in recent years Free Independent Travelers (“FITs”) have emerged as a powerful and influential demographic, powering spending and footfall in cities and attractions off the beaten path. Incentivized by a weaker euro, easier and longer American […]

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Price Drops Alone Won’t Boost Luxury Sales in China

March 23, 2015/0/0/

One of the biggest stories to come out of the global luxury industry last week was Chanel’s decision to increase prices for some handbags in Europe while lowering prices in mainland China. This move, which will take effect on April 8, is aimed at fighting a flourishing gray market and narrowing the price gap between China […]

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New Tmall Regulations Pose Fresh Headaches For Western Brands

March 16, 2015/0/0/

Less than a year after the likes of Burberry, L’Occitane, and Estée Lauder launched official “flagships” on the platform, this month Alibaba-owned e-tailer Tmall announced new “invite-only” regulations that limit new stores to hand-picked brands. These new regulations present an unexpected obstacle for companies debating whether to join the platform, which – despite concerns about […]

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Can Spain Compete With France For Chinese Tourists?

February 23, 2015/0/0/

Long overshadowed as an aspirational destination by neighboring France, Spain is finally coming into its own among experiential Chinese tourists. Although Spain’s 288,000 mainland Chinese visits last year were a drop in the bucket compared to France’s 2 million, Spain did see an impressive 14 percent leap year-on-year in 2014. More importantly for Spanish retailers, Chinese tourists have […]

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