B.C. govern­ment del­e­ga­tion pro­motes nat­u­ral re­sources, wood prod­ucts and win­ter tourism in Bei­jing

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Pro­mot­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for Bri­tish Columbia-China col­lab­o­ra­tion in wood con­struc­tion, tourism and en­ergy was the fo­cus of Premier John Hor­gan’s visit to Bei­jing, which also in­cluded a wood and green­build­ing pol­icy fo­rum. “China is in­creas­ingly fo­cused on en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able con­struc­tion, and B.C. is tak­ing ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote the en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits of wood build­ing prod­ucts and sys­tems,” said Premier Hor­gan. “We are not only mar­ket­ing wood prod­ucts and tech­nolo­gies, but also en­gag­ing with key govern­ment pol­icy and de­ci­sion mak­ers, so we can ex­pand mar­kets for B.C. forestry prod­ucts.” The fo­rum — led by Canada Wood China, ex­perts from B.C. and China’s Min­istry of Hous­ing and Ur­ban-Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment — shared best prac­tices on wood con­struc­tion, with a fo­cus on op­por­tu­ni­ties for B.C. to col­lab­o­rate with Chi­nese com­pa­nies in ad­vanc­ing low-car­bon de­vel­op­ment. To build on op­por­tu­ni­ties re­sult­ing from the 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism and an in­creased in­ter­est in win­ter sport in China, the del­e­ga­tion also hosted a re­cep­tion for key tourism op­er­a­tors and in­flu­encers. Themed “Ski Bri­tish Columbia”, the re­cep­tion fea­tured vir­tual re­al­ity/360 ski videos, in­ter­ac­tive ski ar­eas and B.C. agri­foods and seafood. “The num­ber of tourists trav­el­ling from China to our prov­ince is grow­ing all the time. With the up­com­ing Olympics, we now have a ma­jor op­por­tu­nity to build aware­ness of B.C. as a prime win­ter ski des­ti­na­tion, in ad­di­tion to a beau­ti­ful area to visit in spring and sum­mer,” said Lisa Beare, Min­is­ter of Tourism, Arts and Cul­ture. “While vis­its from China to B.C. con­tinue to grow, we want Chi­nese tourists to know that we are ready and keen to wel­come them to ex­pe­ri­ence B.C.’s spec­tac­u­lar ski re­sorts and other des­ti­na­tions.” The Bei­jing leg of the Asia mis­sion also in­cluded bi­lat­eral meet­ings with key en­ergy stake­hold­ers in China, and a cross-in­dus­try range of in­vestors and en­trepreneurs with in­ter­est or ac­tive projects in B.C. “Our ro­bust econ­omy, abun­dant nat­u­ral re­sources and sta­ble busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment of­fer ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­ni­ties for Chi­nese in­vestors,” said Bruce Ral­ston, Min­is­ter of Jobs, Trade and Tech­nol­ogy. “The ground­work we’re lay­ing in China to­day will help at- tract in­vest­ment, pro­mote ex­ports and, most im­por­tantly, lead to job cre­ation in B.C.” “Busi­ness in China is about build­ing re­la­tion­ships,” said Ge­orge Chow, Min­is­ter of State for Trade. “Through face-to-face meet­ings with govern­ment and busi­ness lead­ers, we’re en­gag­ing cor­po­rate in­vestors and en­trepreneurs to pro­mote B.C. as a com­pet­i­tive des­ti­na­tion for trade and in­vest­ment.” Quick Facts: B.C. goods ex­ports to China to­talled $5.9 bil­lion in 2016, mak­ing China B.C.’s sec­ond­largest ex­port mar­ket. China was also Canada’s sec­ond-largest ex­port des­ti­na­tion, with 4.3% of Cana­dian goods shipped there.


The 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism was launched by the gov­ern­ments of Canada and China to cel­e­brate and pro­mote tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties be­tween the two coun­tries. In 2016, there were 312,668 overnight cus­toms en­tries to Bri­tish Columbia. China is B.C.’s sec­ond-largest mar­ket, after the U.S. The Chi­nese ski mar­ket has seen a rapid growth in the last two decades, grow­ing from about 10,000 skiers in 1996 to a re­ported 12 mil­lion in 2015. Wood and Wood Prod­ucts: China is B.C.’s largest mar­ket for wood prod­ucts in Asia by both vol­ume and value, and the sec­ond-largest mar­ket over­all, after the U.S. In 2016, B.C. ex­ported over $1 bil­lion of soft­wood lum­ber to China, up from $69 mil­lion in 2003, an in­crease of more than 1,400%. B.C. re­mains the sec­ond-largest sup­plier of soft­wood lum­ber to China, after Rus­sia. To learn more about how the Prov­ince pro­motes in­ter­na­tional in­vest­ment in B.C., visit Trade and In­vest BC: www.british­columbia.ca/

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