Council delegation leave for China today
A CHINATOWN precint and Buddhist temple are among the investment opportunities likely to be discussed when a delegation from Whitsunday Regional Council and local business representatives arrive in China later today.
Whitsunday mayor Jennifer Whitney, Council’s CEO Scott Waters and local business owners Tony and Lolita Laurent and Kevin Collins will be visiting eight Chinese cities over the next week on a trade mission designed to promote tourism infrastructure investment in the Whitsunday region.
The three business owners are not Council-funded for the trip, including Kevin Collins, who is also a councillor.
Cr Whitney said the trip would be jam-packed including numerous meetings with Chinese officials.
“These meetings will be a fantastic opportunity to discuss in detail the different projects the China Australia Entrepreneurs Association Incorporated (CAEAI) are aiming to invest in here,” she said.
“With huge increases in Chinese visitors to the tropical north region of 41 per cent in the last year, now is [the] time to progress discussions on tourism infrastructure projects in the Whitsunday region.”
Cr Whitney said ideas on the table included proposals for Chinese investment in a visitor shopping and restaurant precinct, sister city or region agreement and further investment in horticulture, agriculture and aquaculture, with produce air-freighted direct to China.
She said the trip was an exciting chance to progress discussion on these investments and move them closer to becoming a reality.