Newsnight of the BBC broke the news that international hotels like Kempinsky and Intercontinental are closely liked to the sex trade. Business analyst Shaun Rein warns in the same article about the impact foreign companies can feel, if they do not stay clean in China.
Shaun Rein, managing director of China Market Research Group, advises foreign companies operating in China. He said that there is more that some hotels could be doing to keep the sex trade away from their doors.
“The companies should be negotiating with the landlords or the owners of the properties from day one,” he said. “They should say that if we’re going to run a spa, it can be owned by a third party, but it needs to be managed by our own employees, and we also have to be in charge of the hours, so it closes at nine pm, rather than later.”
Mr Rein said that now more than ever, foreign companies in China should be striving to stay clean.
“There’s a definite reputational risk for the brands to have hookers in the hotels, especially from the government side because they’re going to crack down and go after foreign brands to show the country that they are adhering to the laws,” he said. “It’s much easier to crack down on a foreign brand than a local one.”
A few months ago the British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) found itself on the receiving end of just such a crackdown, accused of paying bribes to boost sales.
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