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Tourism and Brand Building: Are Italian Luxury Firms Ready?

March 2, 2015/0/0/

2014 proved to be a challenging year for Italy. According to Global Blue, luxury spending in Italy dropped 3 percent last year, due in large part to the country’s exposure to Russian tourism. Political turmoil and an ensuing devaluation of the Ruble caused a significant decrease in the number of Russian visitors to Italy, with spending […]

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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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What’s Behind China’s Luxury Hotel Buying Spree?

February 11, 2015/0/0/

For years, the stereotype of the traveling mainland Chinese consumer has been a group-tour attendee who spends next to nothing on two-to-three-star accommodations, eats at low-end Chinese buffets…and drops thousands at luxury boutiques around the world. Stories abound of frustrated luxury hotels in Manhattan watching as big-spending VIPs clear shelves on Fifth Avenue then promptly […]

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Chinese Travelers “Hit the Road” in 2015

January 26, 2015/0/0/

With more Chinese tourists moving beyond group packages and developing their own itineraries, self-driving trips have become one of the hottest areas of growth. Among younger travelers and middle-class families in particular, renting cars to explore overseas locales at their own pace is fueling an increase in Chinese arrivals from LA to New York — […]

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Overcoming China’s Global Tourism Growing Pains

January 19, 2015/0/0/

In recent years, many luxury brands, retailers, malls and department stores have seen a wave of Chinese tourist-shoppers unlike any before. Motivated by easier and longer visas, lower prices, the prestige of shopping abroad, and better service and selection, Chinese tourists have become a regular sight from Ginza to Beverly Hills, Bond Street to Madison Avenue. […]

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