The “BTS Effect” contributing over $3.5Bn of economic value to the Korean Economy

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

ASIA PACIFIC: Regional Tourism Trends

Are you interested in the Asia Pacific tourism market? Asia Pacific recorded 324 million tourist arrivals in 2017, close to a quarter of the world's total. The report from Horwath HTL provides insightful information about tourism trends in Asia Pacific areas. - Top 5 popular destination cities are Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo and Seoul.- Top 3 original … Continue reading ASIA PACIFIC: Regional Tourism Trends

The World’s Largest Migration

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

part 1 – inside Korea’s startup ecosystem

Earlier in the year, an article piqued my interest at the volume of government investment going into the Korean startup ecosystem. According to the FT, the Korean government had earmarked $9Bn of investment to help support growth for startups, particularly focussed on AI, Drone Technology and Fin-tech startups. The three-year fund under the management of … Continue reading part 1 – inside Korea’s startup ecosystem