Don’t bank on China solution

July 13, 2012

republished from Tasmania’s The Mercury – Hannah Martin July 13, 2012

TASMANIA’S tourism industry is wrong to peg its hopes on Chinese travellers and our wilderness appeal, says a leading futurist.

Business forecaster Morris Miselowski has cautioned tourism officials against putting “all their eggs in one basket”.

Mr Miselowski will be the guest speaker at an industry conference in Launceston next week, organised by the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania.

Early this year Tourism Minister Scott Bacon and the state’s peak marketing body, Tourism Tasmania, predicted China’s growing middle class would give a much-needed boost to the ailing sector.

However, Mr Miselowski said this was a concern.

“I am never comfortable when we sit here and wait for one group to be the panacea of all of our ills,” he said.

“It just can’t be. We have to market for them and do work to entice them, but we also have to work in other markets as well.”

Mr Miselowski said catering heavily for a leading audience had backfired on other destinations in the past.

“The Japanese market was a huge boost for the Gold Coast, but a lot of people did not foresee that they would come and then eventually move on to another experience,” he said.

“Let’s not put all of our eggs in one basket.”

Mr Miselowski was equally concerned about the industry’s focus on promoting its wilderness attributes.

“My concern is that I’m not seeing great growth out of it. It’s becoming the same product repackaged,” he said.

“At some point it is going to become stale.”

ABC Radio Australia – FutureTech Segment – 18 June 2010

June 18, 2010

3D, virtual reality, motion sensing consoles all spearhead the new and not so unusual in this weeks gaming industry’s annual E3 expo in Los Angeles is the starting point of this weeks on air discussion between regular hosts Phil and Beverley, Ryan Egan of Tech Talk and me.

The gaming industry, worth $60 billion per annum, and the porn industry are great barometers of what’s ahead on line and in technology generally as both are vanguards looking for new ways to profitably invent and use on and off line technology.

Next up we found out that 72% of those on line in Australia in April were in social networking sites for an average 7:19:13 hours, the highest average monthly use of any country in the world; before turning our attention to online protests being staged by Chinese workers at the Honda parts factory in Zhongshan an unusual and bold movement in contrast to our beliefs of what is possible on line in China.

Hong Kong radio’s Phil Whelan joined us to look at a recent prediction that China will overtake Japan to become the world’s second largest advertising market within five years and that within 2 years it will become the second biggest consumer of online gaming, just behind the US.

Busy segment, word of the week competition, lots of laughs and mayhem abounds as we take our weekly look at technology and the future.

Listen to this segment now, or listen each Friday at 11.20 a.m. (Aust EST) and join me on Twitter for in between news and views from the future.

Radio ABC International – Today Show – Future Tech Segment

January 15, 2010

Google vs China is the topic of the moment. Will Google pull out of China? Will they stay? Should they? Did China cyberhack Google? Why did Google post the Chinese Government banned photo of Tank man @Tiananmen Square? The commercial imperative is that Google ought to stay, but given that Google has a small market share in China, is not yet well established there and is butting heads so strongly with the Chinese government, perhaps they can morally afford to take the social imperative and opt out of China to protect their perceived independence to source and distribute world knowledge. Anyway it’s an interesting dilemma that kept Phil, Adelaine, Phil Whelan (live on Hong Kong radio), Ryan Egan and Morris Miselowski talking for quite a while. Listen to the live recording of the segment.