Saint Martin's, Port of Olympia, Economic Development Council team up to
offer March business trip to China
Oct. 26, 2005
Lacey, Wash. – Businesses and individuals have an
opportunity to begin developing new economic opportunities with China
through an upcoming China Business-to-Business Trip. The trip, March
4-12, is being offered by Saint Martin’s University, the Port of Olympia
and the Economic Development Council of Thurston County. Endorsing the
trip are the Washington China Relations Council; the Washington
Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development; the Tacoma
Export Assistance Center of U.S. Commercial Service; and the Tacoma
World Trade Center.
The trip is a follow-up to a successful 2004
conference, “Doing Business With and In China,” presented at Saint
Martin’s by the three trip sponsors and several other state and regional
organizations. It will include stops at Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong,
where participants will meet with a series of U.S. and Washington state
organizations, Chinese government officials and Chinese business owners.
Among the major benefits of going is the chance to build “guanxi,” the
all-important connections vital to doing business with the Chinese.
While the trip’s focus will be on business, the itinerary includes
cultural and historical excursions to such attractions as the Great
Wall, the Forbidden City and the Peking Opera.
Saint Martin’s relationship to China goes back 10
years and includes joint business education programs with Shanghai
Maritime University’s Pudong Business College and Wuhan University of
Technology and cultural exchanges with Chinese schools. University
faculty members regularly teach in China, and the university is a member
of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.
The cost of the trip is $5,000 (a tax-deductible
business expense) and includes round-trip airfare, travel expenses
within China, hotel accommodations, most meals, ground transportation,
pre-trip seminars on Chinese language, business, etiquette and culture,
medical insurance, visa fee and guided tours. A $500 deposit is due by
Dec. 15 and entitles registrants to a pre-trip market analysis report
and presentation from the university’s international business class.
For more information, please visit the Saint
Martin’s University website, www.stmartin.edu/china. Or call Riley Moore, the university’s director of
international business programs, 360-438-4511; Josephine Yung, the
university’s dean of international education, 360-438-4375; Michael Cade,
the economic council’s executive director, 360 754-6320; or Kari
Qvigstad, the port’s director of marketing and trade development,
For more information:
Riley Moore, Ph.D.
Director of international business programs
Dean of international education
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