Taking the Mickey
Finally! We hear that Hong Kong Disneyland has done something right. It has perfected a what-not-to-do model.
Last week, Tu Haiming, a delegate to the Shanghai People's Political Consultative Conference, said the agreement behind our theme park was 'unfair' and favoured the United States-based entertainment giant's interests over those of Hong Kong. Despite having footed the bill for 90 per cent of the park's investment, the government had gained little, he said.
'[This] is the biggest lesson Shanghai should learn from Hong Kong, which hardly makes any profit from the Disneyland project,' said Tu, while contemplating our northern rival's own version. The new project should also take into account local culture, he said.
Perhaps, in 2015, when Shanghai's Disney park begins raking in the profits, the management there might send a little our way, to pay for the invaluable advice we have provided.