Heathrow has come under fire for a duty-free sales promotion that apparently forced Chinese tourists to buy more to enjoy discounts. The seemingly racist practice came to light when a Chinese customer at a retail store run byÂ World Duty Free, owned by Swiss Dufry, at Heathrow Airport in London was told that Chinese customers had to make larger purchases in order to be eligible to receive vouchers that could be used with future purchases.
It may seem strange to Western consumers, but card transactions never really took off in China. Instead, Chinese consumers have by and large heartily embraced mobile payments, particularly through Alipay and WeChat Pay. It’s because of this preference for mobile payments and cash in Chinese consumer culture that China UnionPay, the world’s largest card payment firm, has been expanding its efforts to encourage usage among Chinese users, particularly Chinese tourists.
According to Agoda.com, Tokyo is the most popular city destination for this year’s Lunar New Year holiday among Asian tourists. Bangkok has maintained the number one spot for a few years now. Overall, Japanese cities increased in popularity on Agoda’s list over Southeast Asian destinations. For Chinese tourists specifically, Hong Kong was the number one destination, climbing from 2nd. Phuket and Bangkok came in 2nd and 3rd respectively for Chinese tourists.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".