Thursday, October 18, 2012

Mayor Fortin Leads Delegation to China #yyj

Thursday, October 18, 2012
For Immediate Release

VICTORIA, BC — Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin leaves Friday to lead a 26-person economic and education delegation to China. Establishing strategic relationships with China is seen to be a significant opportunity for the local tourism, education and high tech sectors.

“Building on the great success of our 2010 trip to China, I am excited to be part of another delegation of community leaders in business, tourism and education,” said Mayor Dean Fortin. “Continuing to foster the Victoria brand abroad is vital, especially during these tough economic times. International business and cultural relationships are a key part of supporting our local economy and bringing investment to our region.”

The 10 day mission will pay visits to six cities, including Shanghai, Suzhou, Changsha, Tianjin, Baotou, and Beijing. The delegation joining Mayor Fortin includes representatives from the business, tourism, and education sectors within Greater Victoria, including the Greater Victoria Development Agency.

“As BC’s second-largest trading partner, China remains a strategic priority for several sectors of our local economy,” says Dallas Gislason, Economic Development Officer for the Greater Victoria Development Agency.

“Our China tourism connections are essential as outbound tourism from China increases year after year. Many businesses as well as all three of our post-secondary institutions rely on the Mayor’s participation to establish and develop relationships that are key to doing business in China.”

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