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Chinese Visa Plan Poses ‘Security Threat’

The United Kingdom’s Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is trying to ‘turbo-charge’ tourism to the UK by capitalizing on fervor surrounding the Olympics. According to The Guardian, despite the high demand for Chinese tourists, many...

Chinese Nationalism and Its Impact on Brands

A recent study by Ogilvy Group China & Millward Brown ACSR China looks at Chinese nationalism from the angle of consumer culture. The research based its data on events leading up to the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the role...

Olympics Slows Chinese Industry

From the BBC: The rate of growth of China’s industrial output slowed to a six-month low in August, hit by the temporary closure of factories for the Olympics. With hundreds of facilities shut to help improve air quality...

Going For Gold

“The Olympics have not brought Beijing’s businesses the boom they hoped for,” From the Economist: YABAO ROAD in Beijing’s embassy district is normally bustling. Russian traders scour its wholesale shops for furs and...

Brands Chase Beijing Games Boost

Big international brands like Adidas, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Kodak and VW are looking to the Beijing Olympics for gold and recognition. Chinese PC maker Lenovo is hopeful that the Olympics will help catapult their products...

Businesses in China Take a Pre-Olympics Hit

Businesses in China, far from Beijing, are suffering collateral damage from new visa restrictions imposed in the run-up to the Olympics. The Los Angeles Times reports: The Beijing Olympics in August may be China’s biggest...

These Games Brought to You by . . .

The New York Times looks at Olympics sponsorship, and a deal brokered by the county’s top athletic wear company Li-Ning to outfit all broadcasters on CCTV-5, the broadcaster’s sports channel, during the Olympics: In...

Before the Olympics, a Parade of Companies

The New York Times looks at the American companies that are pouring into Beijing to fill the retail space created by the city’s Olympics makeover: With the new supply of high-quality real estate, more American companies...

China’s Markets May Fall Further As Olympics Near

The U.S. economic recession and other economic factors look likely to add to China’s headaches in the run-up to the Olympics. From MarketWatch.com : China’s already battered stock markets could tumble further against...

The Tibet Fallout and the Olympics

The ultimate fallout from the ongoing unrest and subsequent crackdown in Tibetan areas is not yet known, but already recent events have had some impact on the upcoming Beijing Olympics. Propaganda chiefs have become concerned...

Clooney Presses Olympic Sponsor

After Steven Spielberg has written to Hu Jintao to appeal for him to help end the genocide in Darfur, another Hollywood superstar George Clooney spoke out against the Darfur conflict. From BBC News : Hollywood superstar George...

Lunar 2008 May Be Year of Bear in China Markets

China stock markets will reopen on Wednesday after the one-week Spring Festival holiday. Contrary to hopes that the government will shore up markets ahead of the Olympics Games, analysts are predicting that China may see a...

Acer Beats Lenovo as Olympics Sponsor

From The Financial Times: Acer , the world’s third-largest personal computer vendor, has beaten its close rival Lenovo to become a global sponsor of the Olympic Games. Acer will become one of 11 global sponsors for the...

Acer Beats Lenovo as Olympics Sponsor – Kathrin Hille

From The Financial Times: Acer , the world’s third-largest personal computer vendor, has beaten its close rival Lenovo to become a global sponsor of the Olympic Games. Acer will become one of 11 global sponsors for the Olympics from January 2009 to 2012. It will supply notebook and desktop computers and monitors to the 2010 […]

For Olympics, China’s Marketers Are Showing Their Pride – Stuart Elliott

The New York Times writes about advertising agencies competing for Olympic glory in Beijing: …The coming Games in Beijing, now less than nine months away, promise to be an important moment for Madison Avenue, if not for furthering understanding among nations. The billions of dollars that will be spent on Olympics-related advertising ” directly by […]

Company Loses Olympic Product License Over Alleged Child Labor – AP

AP follows up on the Olympics child labor allegations: A company alleged to have used child labor to produce licensed products for the 2008 Beijing Olympics has had its contract terminated, Beijing organizers said Tuesday. In addition, three other companies accused of labor-law violations in a report released in early June have had their contracts […]

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