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Gerard Lyons, economics speaker, on why London is the place to be

Gerard Lyons speakerGerard Lyons, a leading economics speaker and Chief Economic Advisor to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, discusses why London is the place to be, and comments on how it can retain its new status as the world’s most favourite place to visit.

This claim was confirmed by the MasterCard Global Cities Index, which told us that in 2014 London will welcome a staggering 18.7 million visitors, making it the world’s number one place to visit. Gerard believes that it is London’s abundance of “cash, commodity and creativity” that has allowed for such titles. However, although London is bound to always be a top tourist destination, Gerard argues that the greater challenge will be to ensure it remains the number one place to work and live.

He advises that “London needs to play to its strengths, adapt and change and anticipate the changing drivers of the world economy…The capital has to remain open to inward investment and as receptive to global ideas as possible. I think it will — but it requires continued investment and change.”

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Curtis S. Chin: “Asian inequality masked by tourism campaigns”

In his first Global Post piece, Curtis S. Chin, Managing Director with advisory firm RiverPeak Group, LLC, focuses on Asian inequality. He looks at the critically unequal access to essential infrastructure, education and opportunity facing Asia today, and how these inequalities are being masked by glitzy tourism campaigns.

According to the Asian Development Bank, an estimated 1.7 billion people struggle to live on less than two dollars a day. Yet pretty pictures and carefully staged commercials draw tourists to countries like Thailand, now ranked as the 12th most unequal place in the world, and obscure the reality of what is really happening on the ground.

Curtis writes that “investment in national or city “branding” campaigns must also do more to benefit a broader array of communities and citizens than the few local, vested interests—more than simply padding the bottom line of a handful of hospitality conglomerates.”

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