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Luxury Shops Spark Controversy in Copenhagen

Posted: Dec. 7th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Guides guide to luxury shops
Erik Refner

The revelation of kickbacks paid to Chinese guides to funnel wealthy Chinese tourists into shops like Karlund in Copenhagen has sparked dramatic controversy over the practice, but it's not the shops that are at fault: Chinese tour agencies demand 5% to 10% of turnover or they threaten to choke off the flow of tourists into their businesses.

Top brand shops like Klarlund, one of Copenhagenís most exclusive jewellery and Watch Stores, pay Chinese tourist guides millions to bring wealthy Chinese tourists to their shops.

Just 10-15 tourist guides control were rich Chinese tourists use their money, when they visit Copenhagen. It is a simple but very profitable business. Either shops pay 5 to 10 percent of their turnover on sale to Chinese tourist to the small group of guides or no Chinese tourists visits the shops.

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