The Qingdao International Beer Festival
Holding a massive beer festival brought the Chinese city of Qingdao and Tsingtao Beer Co. Ltd., China's most famous beer brand, direct economic benefits and public awareness. However, through the Qingdao International Beer Festival-a natural advertising opportunity-foreign beers benefited as well. To date, Chinese beer brands held less than half of the high-end Chinese beer market. China levied no tariffs on beer imports, which increased the market competition. Were the objectives of Tsingtao Beer and the local government fully aligned with regard to the annual festival? Was the beer festival helping one more than it helped the other? Did it help Tsingtao Beer's competitors? Should the Qingdao International Beer Festival work to recapture or emphasize some of its own cultural uniqueness?