With the group announcing a break to enjoy their 20's now is a good time to reflect on the contributions of the world's most popular boy-band. BTS generated over $3.5Bn of economic value for the Korean economy in 2017 and is the reason 796,000 foreigners visit Korea annually according to the Hyundai Research Institute. The … Continue reading The “BTS Effect” contributing over $3.5Bn of economic value to the Korean Economy
"Hermit Kingdom" "a military threat" and "Rocket-Man" are all terms Western Media have headlined as labels for North Korea and it's leader Kim Jong-Un. However, if we keep labelling the country with these metaphors it will be difficult to resolve the conflict. Research from University of Technology Sydney Associate Professor Bronwen Dalton found that North … Continue reading If the media keep calling North Korea names, it will only prolong the conflict.
Tourism competition is heating up across Asia and it's not just because of geopolitics. Japan had a record high of 31.19 million visitors in 2018 despite natural disasters and airport shutdowns. However, the level of annual growth is slowing, from 17.8% to 8.7% in 2018. Additionally, Chinese shoppers are becoming more frugal with their spending … Continue reading Visitors to Japan hit the record high in 2018 but forgo shopping sprees
Bowing is seen as a sign of respect in Confucian culture, but the degree of how far to go and when to nod your head vs bow can be a little difficult. Dr Chris Baumann offers some insight into the custom of bowing and suggests that when in Rome... LinkedIn: To Bow or not to … Continue reading To Bow or not to Bow?
Chinese / Lunar New Year is the World's Largest Annual Human Migration!! Once every 12 months, the world's largest human migration happens in China. Over the 40-day travel period of Chinese New Year, three billion trips are taken, as families reunite and celebrate. Now, the most strenuous of these trips are taken by the country's … Continue reading The World’s Largest Migration