Coun­cil del­e­ga­tion leave for China to­day

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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