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  • Sri Lanka suspends casino approval | Business Spectator
    recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Sri Lanka suspends casino approval 23 Oct 2013 12 10 AM Industries Gaming and Racing Tourism Final approval for two projects one backed by Packer postponed You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP Sri Lanka has suspended final approval for two casino projects including one backed by Australian gambling mogul James Packer after protests from within the ruling coalition s ranks a government minister says The two projects involve a total investment of around US1 billion A1 04 billion A bill giving the two separate casino hotels the go ahead and granting them a 10 year tax holiday was due to be presented to parliament on Thursday But Investment Promotion Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said on Tuesday he had withdrawn the bill which was meant to grant final approval to the projects after cabinet gave them the green light last month The government felt that we should withdraw this bill because of the concerns raised by some of our own coalition partners Abeywardena told reporters There is a lot of misunderstanding and we want to address all that before we go to parliament Local firm John Keells Holdings is expected to invest US650 million A674 8 million in a waterfront casino in the capital in conjunction with a so far unannounced foreign partner James Packer s company has committed US350 million A363 35 million for a similar development The billionaire who operates casinos in Melbourne Perth and Macau and is planning a complex in Manila has said the Colombo project on the banks of Beira Lake would create 2500 jobs A party made up of Buddhist monks which is a member of the ruling coalition has opposed the casinos while individual monks have warned they will stage protests if the government goes ahead with the projects Abeywardena denied the bill has been axed saying it was being reworked so that the 10 year tax holiday was confined to the hotel operations and not the casino side of the business He said he expected the bill would

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  • McEvoy quits as Tourism Aust MD | Business Spectator
    But does this phablet do enough to sway attention from its rivals Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu McEvoy quits as Tourism Aust MD 15 Oct 2013 1 43 PM Industries Media and Digital Tourism Andrew McEvoy has accepted role as MD of Fairfax events from January You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter with AAP Andrew McEvoy has resigned from his position as managing director of Tourism Australia to take up a role with Fairfax Media Ltd In a statement Tourism Australia said Mr McEvoy was taking up the role of managing director of Fairfax events from next January Mr McEvoy has been the managing director of Tourism Australia since January 2010 Tourism Australia chairman Geoff Dixon said Mr McEvoy had overseen a return to growth of overseas tourists coming to Australia plus two years of growth in domestic travel He oversaw an expansion of the organisation s social media presence and was responsible for US talk show host Oprah Winfrey s highly publicised visit in 2010 Mr Dixon said Mr McEvoy a former journalist with News Ltd will move to Fairfax in January running events such as Sydney s City2Surf and Night Noodle Markets plus business media forums conferences and regional events Tourism Australia said it would immediately commence a search for a replacement for Mr McEvoy who will depart the organisation at the end of the year Print this page Related articles 07

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  • Qld could get seven new casinos | Business Spectator
    Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Qld could get seven new casinos 14 Oct 2013 4 10 PM 4 Industries Gaming and Racing Tourism Premier Campbell Newman says mega casino resorts will help attract tourists You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP Queensland could get as many as seven new casinos as the state government tries to woo high rolling Asian tourists Premier Campbell Newman announced he would invite expressions of interest for a casino license to be granted with plans for the redevelopment of the government precinct in Brisbane Impressed by his recent tour of Asia including Macau and the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore Mr Newman says there s huge global competition for tourists He believes mega casino resorts are the answer for Queensland if it wants to rake in the tourist dollars Our offering has been run down and eroded Mr Newman told reporters We re not just looking for a hotel and some shops It s a world class iconic precinct Mr Newman said his government believes Queensland can support three new integrated resort casinos and that there is also strong interest from other parts of the state In the end there could be up to seven new casinos in Queensland he said Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said the government would release a new draft casino policy when the EOI for the government precinct was released The policy would consider issues such as a market capacity implications of additional licences on existing and future operations financial implications for the state community interests and social implications Print this page Related articles 23 Dec Head of Echo s Star casino resigns 20 Dec REVIEW Microsoft s Xbox One 19 Dec WA govt mulls Lotterywest TAB sell off 13 Dec Crown dives on tax hike plan 10 Dec Echo restructures financing More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy Graham Middleton Mon 2013 10 14 16 31 I remember back in 1981 82 Iwas in the army and posted as OC of the Brigade Signals Squadron in Townsville There was a flurry of political action as to whether Cairns or Townsville would get North Queenslands first licensed casino Some people were breathless at the supposed tourist benefits I made a few discrete enquiries through my soldiers my barber etc It turned out

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  • How Mickey Mouse seized the cheese in China | Business Spectator
    centers And the venture is successful With expectations to continue growing today there are 35 Disney English schools in nine cities across the country But how did a multimedia company best known for its robust blockbuster films end up in the language learning business The move is not one of coincidence and came out of unfortunate circumstances As mainstream as the company may seem Disney hasn t always been able to spread its wonderful world everywhere Disney first appeared in China in the 1930s but soon was forced out with the rise to power of Mao Zedong in 1949 He put a ban on Disney characters that lasted for 40 years Such a ban left generations with limited exposure to Disney and at the same time once lifted forced Disney to enter the market with major roadblocks to sales in the form of government censorship and DVD piracy The Chinese government can require motion picture companies to edit out parts of films for release in China It s a hurdle that causes films to come late to market and gives DVD pirates an edge In 2008 for example the film industry in China earned roughly US1 billion whereas the pirated DVD market brought in over US5 billion Illegal piracy turns China into a market of extreme commoditisation and one where Disney s motion pictures have little chance to actually benefit Disney Yet for any company a tremendous opportunity exists in China with the rise of the middle class Per capita disposable income has grown at an average annual rate of 8 per cent since 1990 According to analysts predictions in less than 15 years the global share of the middle class population will be greater in China than in the US Rather than abandoning the ship to Chinese pirates Disney studied the market and found distinctive cultural attributes that made a solid case for Disney English Here are the three main findings of Disney s research Cater to the Little Emperors A direct consequence to the One Child Policy one of the most prominent cultural characteristics in China is the 4 2 1 phenomenon That is one child will grow up and have to support two parents and four grandparents Every child becomes the hope of the future and all investment is channeled for his her success But children are not coddled and spoiled They are given a destiny to get into a good university and the pressure to do so starts young with children spending evenings and weekends attending schools that go beyond basic required training Disney English was able to tap into a golden opportunity by targeting young children And by understanding the heavy routine undertaken by children they found a way to make learning English an entertaining experience Kids don t come to learn they come to have fun Red white and blue all over Despite cultural differences Chinese consumers sometimes enjoy products that are iconically American US brands are highly sought after as they represent certain

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  • Stefan Michel & Howard Yu | Business Spectator
    the US Given its history of disappointment a clean set of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence Politics Australian Election Federal Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories REVIEW Nokia Lumia 1520 The Nokia 1520 sports a number of key upgrades that bring it the Window s phone platform to parity with its Android competition But does this phablet do enough to sway attention from its rivals Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Stefan Michel Howard Yu How Mickey Mouse seized the cheese in China The success of Disney English language centres in China illustrates how companies can tap into a rising middle class market by retaining iconic branding and adapting their product to suit the local market by Stefan Michel Howard Yu 4 05pm October 01 1 comment Search Markets Global Indices Index Last Chg Chg DOW JONES 16437 05 7 7 S P 500 1842 37 4 2 0 2 NASDAQ 4174 66 18 5 0 4 FTSE 100 6739 94 48 6 0 7 NIKKEI 15912 06 31 7 0 2 Hang Seng 22846 25 58 9 0 3 The Spectators What s behind

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  • Qantas inks $4.35m Tas deal | Business Spectator
    NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories REVIEW Nokia Lumia 1520 The Nokia 1520 sports a number of key upgrades that bring it the Window s phone platform to parity with its Android competition But does this phablet do enough to sway attention from its rivals Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Qantas inks 4 35m Tas deal 25 Sep 2013 5 08 PM Industries Aviation Tourism Airline to target visitors from UK Hong Kong Singapore and mainland Australia You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter Qantas Airways Ltd has signed a 4 35 million tourism deal with the Tasmanian government to promote the state internationally and in Australia In a statement the airline said it would target visitors from the United Kingdom Hong Kong Singapore and mainland Australia The deal includes advertising special airfares and promoting major events It follows similar deals with Western Australia New South Wales Queensland and the Northern Territory Print this page Related articles 10 Jan Sale act move won t aid Qantas 09 Jan Qantas shares rally after downgrade 09 Jan Ailing Qantas needs a new battle strategy 08 Jan Virgin passenger numbers decline 08 Jan MPs back Qantas reform More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler

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  • NSW sells sandstone buildings: report | Business Spectator
    Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories REVIEW Nokia Lumia 1520 The Nokia 1520 sports a number of key upgrades that bring it the Window s phone platform to parity with its Android competition But does this phablet do enough to sway attention from its rivals Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu NSW sells sandstone buildings report 23 Sep 2013 9 08 AM Industries Property Tourism Premier offers local foreign investors chance to develop apartments or hotels You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password The New South Wales government is set to offer two Sydney sandstone buildings to offshore investors for apartments or high end hotels The Australian Financial Review reports According to the newspaper Premier Barry O Farrell will make a pitch to more than 100 local and foreign investors including hotel groups and investment banks at a Sydney event tonight The Lands Department and Education buildings are on adjacent blocks in the central business district and will be put on the market next month The Lands building could sell for up to 80 million and Mr O Farrell said the sale would increase the city s share of the tourism market which would boost the state s economy the AFR reports Print this page Related articles 09 Jan WRT investors say split costs 1 5 bln too much 09 Jan Triguboff eyes Melbourne expansion 08 Jan GPT eyes new target 07 Jan The rewards of a pragmatic GPT Dexus

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  • Flight Centre changes its name | Business Spectator
    Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories REVIEW Nokia Lumia 1520 The Nokia 1520 sports a number of key upgrades that bring it the Window s phone platform to parity with its Android competition But does this phablet do enough to sway attention from its rivals Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Flight Centre changes its name 20 Sep 2013 11 56 AM Industries Aviation Tourism Travel group rebrands to emphasise its full product offering You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP with a staff reporter Flight Centre Ltd is altering its name to highlight that it offers more than airfares The company will be known as Flight Centre Travel Group if shareholders approve the change at an annual general meeting in October Managing director Graham Turner said the new name would reflect the company s growth into a retailer of many holiday and corporate travel products The board believes the name change is in the company s best interests and reinforces the depth of its business a strength that is sometimes overlooked he said The group has already rebranded its corporate website Print this page Related articles 07 Jan Govt under pressure on tourism 13 Dec Cheap imports How about no imports 11 Dec Chinese visitors set to soar BCG 06 Dec Flight Centre loses price fixing case 02 Dec Asian investors cash in on Aussie hospitality More from Business

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