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News report suggests few Chinese sports venues are profitable

News report suggests few Chinese sports venues are profitable
February 15, 2019

A news report by China’s official Xinhua news agency has suggested that very few sports venues in the country are currently profitable.

With Xinhua seldom being critical of China’s investment in infrastructure, the interview with Jin Fei, Vice President of Bloomage International Investment Group Inc, is significant as a precursor to a potential change in Government support for new venues.

It also indicates that the rush by international sporting bodies including football, the NBA and AFL, to bring their games to China may soon be slowed by lack of returns.

Commenting on the Cadillac Arena in Wukesong, owned and operated by a Bloomage subsidiary, Fei advised that rent revenue accounts for less than 19% of the venue’s income stream with the majority of its income comes from non-tangible assets including its naming rights sponsorship, VIP box hospitality, dining and advertising.

Fei said that at the present stage, although the policy environment is very good, there are still difficulties in running successfully in the market with sports venues demanding high investment and delivering low income.

Fei pointed out that venues needed to offer a fuller program of events providing more events and services to consumers.

Images: Cadillac Arena in Wukesong.

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Co-owner / Publisher, Australasian Leisure Management

Nigel Benton is the co-owner and publisher of Australasian Leisure Management, Australia and New Zealand’s only magazine for professionals in all areas of the leisure industry. Having established the magazine in 1997, shortly after his relocation to Australia, he has managed its readership rising to over 11,500 and its acceptance as the industry journal for professionals in aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues.

As of 2020, he has launched the new Asian Leisure Business website.

Among a range of published works and features, his comments on a Blog (blogspot) from 2007 to 2011, when this website went live in its current form, may be interesting to reflect back on.

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