Taupo Coun­cil to host Chi­nese busi­ness peo­ple

Taupo Times - - MOTORING - ROBERT STEVEN

A Chi­nese orches­tra ac­com­pa­nies a group of 120 Chi­nese vis­i­tors call­ing into Taupo on Monday.

The group comes from the city of Shaox­ing, on China’s eastern coast­line, which Taupo has a friend­ship city re­la­tion­ship with.

Fa­cil­i­tated by the Taupo Dis­trict Coun­cil, the visit is part of an on­go­ing ini­tia­tive to bring 1000 Shaox­ing res­i­dents to Taupo.

A busi­ness del­e­ga­tion of 38 vis­i­tors will specif­i­cally be look­ing at in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and busi­ness con­nec­tions in the Taupo Dis­trict.

The busi­ness peo­ple lead com­pa­nies in in­dus­tries like tim­ber, pa­per, med­i­cal prod­ucts, tex­tiles, real es­tate and e-com­merce.

Mayor David Tre­wavas said it was great to see more vis­i­tors from Shaox­ing, fol­low­ing on from the first visit in Au­gust 2016.

‘‘The cul­tural and eco­nomic ben­e­fits from our re­la­tion­ship with Shaox­ing con­tinue to grow.’’

The vis­i­tors will spend three days ex­plor­ing the dis­trict, which will in­clude vis­its to a gin­seng farm, lo­cal hot springs, Mt Ruapehu and a boat trip on Lake Taupo.

* Free Chi­nese Orches­tra Con­cert: Monday June 12 at the Great Lake Cen­tre, starts 2pm. Fea­tur­ing Shaox­ing Uni­ver­sity’s School of Mu­sic.

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