by Toffler



Posts Categorized / Entrepreneurship & Business

Status of Olympics Tourism

This article published this last week on Yahoo, entitled Olympics could be a bust for Beijing hotels, confirms many of my predictions: China has spent a reported $40 billion on new infrastructure and stunning venues, hoping to impress visitors with a modern city when the games begin Aug. 8. But the lack of reservations could […]

Facebook and Internet Companies in China

As Facebook looks to its Chinese users to translate the site into Chinese, the expectation is that Facebook will soon enter the Chinese market. Facebook tried to enter China previously through acquisition of an existing Chinese social network but nothing came of the negotiations. Will Facebook have more luck this time? Or better yet, will […]

The Great Firewall of China

China’s internet firewall has been working in overdrive lately in the wake of the crackdown on the Tibet protests.  Last week Google video and Youtube (owned by Google) were down all week; Youtube came back online on Sunday.  Google News in English,, was even down for a day!  Last week, I also ran into […]

Olympics Advertisements, Oh My!

The number, type, variety, and frequency of Beijing 2008 Olympics’ advertisements is simply astounding. In the lead up to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, I don’t remember nearly so many advertisements relating to the Olympics. Granted, I wasn’t in Georgia or even Atlanta, but then again, here I’m not in Beijing either. I was, however, […]

Doing Business in China is even Harder than you can Imagine

I recently heard a story about a German-owned travel company in Shanghai from a friend who works there.  The company has been operational in Shanghai for 5-10years.  When the company started, China forbid foreign-owned travel businesses so the company operated as a ‘consultant’ who just also occasionally booked trips.  (Note: This has changed somewhat since […]

My new Favorite Chinese Airline is China Southern!

November 8, 2007 | Business Climate, Knowledge and Experiences, Traveling | by TofflerN

In my air travels both domestically within China and internationally on Chinese airlines, I have been incredibly disappointed.  After yesterday’s flight on China Southern, I realized I didn’t need to be disappointed with all Chinese airlines, just China Eastern and Air China, because China Southern does a great job and does things ‘right’ where the […]

Not all that glitters is gold in China tourism

February 10, 2007 | Business Climate, Entrepreneurship & Business, Tourism, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

As I mentioned in the blog below, there are certainly issues that need to be worked out in China’s travel/tourism industry.  In the following article, these are elaborated on, even to the point of suggesting they are real problems that could undermine China’s ability to grow its tourism industry. Tourism Skills Shortage in China […]

Interview about Chinese tourism by another China blogger

This interview by a China blogger with an—dare I say—expert on Chinese outbound tourism is quite interesting and very informative. Roy Graff’s business concept is brilliant, just wish I’d thought of that. Tourism is fundamentally a good thing and Chinese outbound tourism helps to reduce China’s astronomical trade surplus. And I’m all for speeding up […]

Entrepreneurs in Shanghai

January 25, 2007 | Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship & Business, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Saturday night, Andrew and I sat at a bar discussing how we could get our picture on the cover of Entrepreneur magazine, ie what either of us could do to become a successful entrepreneur. Not long after this conversation, a few USC alums walked in, including a couple who have started a number of their […]