Week in Review: March 17-24, 2014

In case you missed them the first time around, here are some of Jing Daily’s top posts for the week of March 17-24, 2014.

Lane Crawford Chengdu Opening Heralds Tier 2 Cities’ Turn To Shine

Lane Crawford opens a department store in Chengdu, as many other business are setting up shop there. (Lane Crawford)Shopping centers are opening one after another in Chengdu, and Hong Kong-based luxury department store Lane Crawford hopped on the bandwagon this weekend. While foreign department stores such as the French Galeries Lafayette and Italian 10 Corso Como have focused on the established markets of “Tier 1” cities like Beijing and Shanghai, Lane Crawford believes that “Tier 2” cities like Chengdu and Tianjin are the next big thing.


Mauritius Emerges As Chinese Tourists’ Newest Island Getaway Hotspot

Mauritius is hoping to fill up its beaches with Chinese tourists to replace declining European visitor numbers. (Flickr/Samovar Group)As tropical beach locales across the world battle for the attention of the massive and increasingly important outbound Chinese tourist market, one small island off the coast of Africa has been amping up marketing efforts and using historical ties with China to gain an edge in the competition.


Watch Out, Macau: Asia’s Budding Sin Cities Bet Big On Chinese Tourists

8City, the massive $290 billion gambling complex planned to open in South Korea by 2030. (8City)Gambling in China may be illegal, but Chinese travelers don’t have to go far to find it—and their options are growing by the minute.

South Korea is the latest country to see a major new gaming development after it approved the construction of its first foreign-owned casino. The recently announced $2.2 billion joint venture project between Las Vegas-based Caesers Entertainment and Hong Kong developer Lippo Ltd. will be located near Seoul’s Incheon Airport, and will face competition from Korean casino operators such as Paradise Co. and Grand Korea Leisure Co.


Hainan’s Duty-Free Shops: Luxury Retail’s Newest ‘Battleground’

Sanya's pristine beaches aren't the only reason Chinese tourists are flocking to Hainan. (Shutterstock)An unlikely “battleground” for luxury brands has emerged in the hallways of Hainan’s airports as its duty-free shops report massive increased spending by consumers, according to recent Chinese media reports. Hainan, a popular destination for its beaches and resorts, saw its duty-free sales climb both last year and during this year’s Spring Festival travel season.


Longchamp Adds French Flair To China’s Massive Masstige Market

Longchamp is cashing in on China's demand for affordable luxury. (Sina Weibo/Longchamp)With a logo featuring a jockey on a horse, classic French handbag maker Longchamp sees the year of the horse as its time to shine in China as it sees massive opportunity in the middle class.

According to a recent Reuters story, Jean Cassegrain, the CEO of the company known for its ubiquitous canvas and leather totes, said that the brand is “far from having fully tapped China.” According to him, “The brand is starting to be increasingly appreciated by the Chinese, both at home and abroad.”

 

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