Leader of China’s Zheijiang Province Eyes Guam as Tourist Destination

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Guam – The Governor’s office reports that the Party Secretary for China’s Zheijiang Province has expressed an interest in Guam as a tourists destination for residents of his populous province.

A release from Adelup reports that Governor Eddie Calvo discussed Guam’s potential as a tourist destination with Zheijian Party Secretary Zhao Hongzhu.

The two leaders met over the weekend on the sidelines of a special U.S.-China Governors Forum hosted by the National Governors Association in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The release states that Secretary Zhao told Governor Calvo that he is very familiar with Guam and its reputation as a tourist destination. He made mention that many of his province’s citizens currently vacation in Singapore, which is 6 flight hours away from his province. Guam is only 4 flight hours away.

Secretary Zhao will host Governor Calvo when the Governor leads a trade mission to China later this year.

READ the release from the Governor’s Office in FULL below:

Chinese Province with Largest Base of Tourists Sets Eyes on Guam
Calvo has productive meeting with leader of China’s fourth-largest economy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2011

The leader of the Chinese province with the largest number of outbound Chinese tourists will be encouraging his people to vacation in Guam.

Governor Eddie Baza Calvo discussed the potential for increased tourism from China if a visa waiver program allows this in the future with Zheijiang Party Secretary  Zhao Hongzhu.

Zheijiang has the fourth largest economy of all of China’s 31 provinces. The two leaders met earlier today at a special U.S.-China Governors Forum hosted by the National Governors Association in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“U.S. Governors and the Obama administration understand how critical it is for the nation to build economic alliances with China,” Governor Calvo said. “The nation recognizes China’s growing influence. This is why China and the U.S. are engaging in this subnational exchange. Guam can be at the center of this alliance and growth. We are the closet U.S. community to China.”

Secretary Zhao was very familiar with Guam, its location and its reputation as a tourist destination. He made mention that many of his province’s citizens currently vacation in Singapore, which is 6 flight hours away from his province. Guam is only 4 flight hours away.

Secretary Zhao said he is enthusiastically looking forward to hosting Governor Calvo later this year in China. Governor Calvo is expected to lead a trade mission to China later this year.