When you think of Mcdonalds, do you just think of a local burger joint, or do think of a worldwide selling brand? Mcdonalds originally started as a drive through in California, but now is a globally known fast food chain. This now famous burger joint spread to other countries by tourists being fascinated with the food and the franchise trading tips and tricks on how to make the perfect BigMac. Mcdonalds has changed the lives of countless people around the world by simply giving them a place to hangout and be safe at the same time.
The very first Mcdonalds was built in 1940 by Dick and Mac Mcdonald. Ray Kroc, a milkshake mixer salesman, ventured to California in 1954 to visit McDonald's hamburger stand and was amazed by what he saw. “Kroc was impressed by how rapidly customers were served and, seeing an opportunity to sell many more milkshake machines, encouraged brothers Dick and Mac McDonald to open a chain of their restaurants”(Mcspotlight). After taking a risk in proposing this idea, Kroc was then made a partner of the restaurants and opened up the first Mcdonalds in Des Plaines, Illinois. Finally Mcdonalds became the corporation we know now.
As of 2013, Mcdonalds has more than 14,459 restaurants open all around the world, and now the international franchise located in more than 100 countries (Entrepreneur). This could not have happened if it was not for tourism in the United states and major trading within the Mcdonalds corporation. The U.S. is seen as a cultural hotspot and draws people from all over the world. For example, anything that has become famous or at least heard of around the world was because the U.S. “influences” other countries to do or talk about what is happening stateside, like the newest and latest sauce for the chicken Mcnuggets.
Vacationing in America, for foreigners, does not just mean visiting the beaches of Santa Barbara or the Statue of Liberty in New York, it means experiencing true American Culture. Thanks to public
transportation and tour guides, tourists are attracted to what they have heard so much about in their own country: Mcdonalds. This is where the demand for a Mcdonalds in Libya or South Korea come from. Tourists taste and see something they like and are ready to bring it to their countries. According to Randy James, published author for Time Abroad states,“People want what they want and when they want it…. they want their own local Mcdonalds and NOW.”
Although people demand their own local Mcdonalds, they do not always want the American
menu , they want something that satisfies their beliefs, tastes, and culture. The first Mcdonalds reached Japan in 1971, and it was a huge success. Although the Japanese loved that their favorite American restaurant just came to their country, they wanted to put their own twist on the concept. Tourism was just the beginning of the spread of Mcdonalds.
Though trading sounds like the usual way to get something to spread across the world, Mcdonalds took it to the next level. With the first Mcdonalds out of the states, it was a matter of time before the huge expansion of the franchise began. Just like shipping something over the world, Mcdonalds makes it a huge deal to make the big switch from American to please other countries, “Mcdonalds is the biggest trader we know of, in order to keep business good , the franchise trades and swaps with foreign partners so that they open a restaurant and keep the public happy with their new Mcdonalds” (Salisbury).
Now that Mcdonalds has established themselves worldwide, it, is making the public eat out more. It is been more than a decade since the first Mcdonalds thrilled people in China, changing the ways of what they call “fast food." Peter S. Goodman,published author for Washington Post states, “A survey taken, which polled 14,000 adults in 28 different countries, found out that 41 percent of these ...
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