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Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said last year’s trade mission to China with theChief Executive Officer and local business representatives was a resounding success.
“It was evident from the ten day trade mission to China in December last year that the ChinaAustralia Entrepreneurs Association Incorporated (CAEAI) is serious about investing in theWhitsunday region now,” Mayor Whitney said.
“We have met with the CAEAI a number of times since our return from China just a few weeks ago and further talks about their investment in tourism infrastructure in the Whitsundays areprogressing positively.
“In fact representatives of the CAEAI and a delegation of Chinese businesses are in theWhitsunday region this week to further discuss development options and look at potentialdevelopment sites.
“This week of meetings will culminate in an official signing ceremony between the CAEAI andChinese businesses, overseen by the Mayor, on Friday.
“The trip to China was an important way for us to see first-hand the projects, such as hotels andshopping centres; they wish to build here in the Whitsunday region.
“The CAEAI are genuine about investing in the Whitsunday region now, and the Council will doeverything in our capacity to help make this investment a reality.
“With Chinese tourism to the Whitsunday region only set to climb we are keen to help get theinfrastructure in place for the tourists to enjoy.
“The trip to China was jam-packed with the delegation visiting eight cities in just over a week andparticipating in numerous meetings with Chinese officials,” she said.
Mayor Whitney said these meetings were a fantastic opportunity to discuss in detail the differentprojects the CAEAI are aiming to invest in here, including:• Visitor shopping and restaurant precinct• Hotel and casino developments• Sister City / region agreement• Buddhist temple complex• Further investment in horticulture, agriculture, aquaculture to have the produce air freighteddirect to China.
Mayor Whitney said there was also serious discussion about upgrading the Whitsunday CoastAirport so it is able to take direct flights from China.
“This would also help in exporting horticulture and aquaculture products directly from theWhitsunday region to China, something CAEAI are very interested in,” she said.
“All these projects are of great economic importance to the Whitsunday region and we will becontinuing to hold discussions with CAEAI as developments proceed.
“Last year’s trade mission was also an important way to learn about the Chinese culture and theway they conduct business.
“The trip was a crucial way of strengthening our important existing relationship with China andencouraging future growth opportunities for our region.”
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