Daily Brief

October 20, 2017

TODAY’S TOP FIVE CAN’T-MISS STORIES

  • 1

    News from China: 20-year-old Singer Leah Dou Named as SK-II's Brand Ambassador in China

    The Japanese premium skincare brand SK-II has announced singer Leah Dou to be the brand ambassador. The 20-year-old singer has huge popularity among millennials and younger consumers. The move was interpreted as the brand's efforts to appeal to the younger generation. Read more on LadyMax

  • 2

    New York and Las Vegas Cabs Start Accepting China's Biggest Mobile Payment Mode

    The taxi cabs in two popular U.S. destinations have responded to the millions of Chinese tourists coming in every year. By next month, tens of thousands of cabs in New York City and Las Vegas will accept Alipay, China's nearly ubiquitous mobile payment mode. This will apply to 2,100 taxis in Vegas by the end of October, before another 14,000 in New York start accepting Alipay payment in November, reports national paper People's Daily. Read more on Mashable

  • 3

    Hotel Giant IHG Launches Wellness Brand to Woo China’s Middle-Class

    The debut of the EVEN hotel brand comes at a time when young, middle-class Chinese consumers are increasingly placing an importance on health and willing to spend more on healthy low-calorie food and staying fit. The brand had its start in the US. “More Chinese desire for a healthier lifestyle, and the Chinese government now focuses on health, wellness and tourism,” said Keith Barr, IHG’s chief executive. Read more on South China Morning Post

  • 4

    The Prada Foundation Opens a Stunning New Cultural Center in a Restored Shanghai Mansion

    This week, the Italian luxury brand launched Prada Rong Zhai in Shanghai, China. Located in the city’s ritzy Jing’an District, Prada Rong Zhai is a Western-style mansion that Ms. Prada and her husband have painstakingly restored and transformed into a cultural center that will host an ever-changing lineup of art exhibitions, shows, and events. Read more on Artnet

  • 5

    Kris Wu: China’s Influencer ‘Triple Threat’

    A truly modern superstar and an industry unto himself, Kris Wu is 26 years old and has the world at his feet. Already one of the most bankable stars in his homeland — itself a massive market for entertainment — Wu is now plotting world domination, having made his Hollywood debut in the film “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” earlier this year and is focusing on music right now. Read more on BoF

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