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Viewing U.S. Tourism as a Valuable Export

Posted July 15, 2011 | 12:15:51 (EST)

Beijing International Airport just surpassed O'Hare and Heathrow to become the world's second busiest airport. And that's what globalization means for us... billions of new travelers creating new travel patterns.

It's our job to make sure people understand that tourism is an export which is a revelation for most people....

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Sometimes Fitness on the Road Requires an Atlas

Posted July 8, 2011 | 15:11:16 (EST)

This morning I'm still cooling down from a dawn bike ride through the back streets of Beijing. It reminded me yet again that, with some local help, you can find great places to run and ride almost anywhere. Even cities like Singapore, Mexico City, Tokyo -- or, for that matter,...

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"Lost in Translation" Takes on a Whole New Meaning

Posted July 6, 2011 | 16:04:59 (EST)

A colleague of mine here in Asia sent me this photo (below). It's a yellow hazard sign, the kind commonly seen propped up in public areas in airports and train stations to alert passersby that the floor is wet and therefore slippery. I'm sure the phrasing of the original warning...

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Observations of Old and New China

Posted June 22, 2011 | 12:09:51 (EST)

This weekend, I was able to take a welcome break to see some sights with my family while in Beijing. The traffic here is like any other big city -- they say it is second only to Sao Paulo!

While waiting, I was reminded of my bus rides when I...

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Blurring The Lines Between Business And Leisure In Shanghai

Posted June 16, 2011 | 13:09:52 (EST)

Week two in China, and we're still getting used to the 9-to-5 grind.

Except, for us, it's 9 pm to 5 am.

The time difference between Shanghai and the rest of the world isn't news; we've been doing business in China long enough to know it takes time to get...

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Shanghai or Bust

Posted June 7, 2011 | 10:13:22 (EST)

As I prepare to relocate my home and headquarters to China for more than a month, I have a lot on my mind. Not the least of which is dealing with the complexities of packing for five weeks. The last time I took a trip of this duration, I was...

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