A meeting of cities and minds
  • Saturday 29 October 2011

A delegation of city officials from Tongchuan will attend a "meet and greet" with Sunshine Coast Council and Sunshine Coast Destination personnel to enhance relationships and cooperation between the Coast and the central China city.

The visit will be part of a two-day whirlwind trip to the state’s south-east corner and will include meetings with Brisbane and Gold Coast councils.

Council’s Sister Cities spokeswoman, Councillor Jenny McKay, has just returned from a trade mission to Xiamen in China.

"The interest in the Sunshine Coast from many parts of China is currently very high, from both tourism and broader economic viewpoints," she said.

"I am looking forward to meeting the delegation from the delightful city of Tongchuan."

Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Lew Brennan welcomed the delegation’s arrival.

"This is more than a ‘sister city’ formality with another Chinese city," Cr Brennan said.

"Economic relations between Australia and China are developing rapidly on all fronts and I am keen to ensure the Sunshine Coast is prominent and well-understood among the many great regions of this nation, as a place to do business as well as a place to enjoy a wonderful holiday."

Sunshine Coast Destination CEO, Steve Cooper is pleased to have the opportunity to meet with the delegation.

"This meeting allows us to present key tourism information about the Sunshine Coast region including service, environment and recreation (golf). Establishing relationships with Chinese future decision makers will be essential to doing business and attracting visitors to the region," he said.

This visit is being facilitated by Australia International Trade Association & Associates, having been working on developing relationships between China and the other parts of the world, "including but not limited to trade, business, agriculture, education, culture, and technology".