Chamber sponsoring October trip to China
By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
If you have been thinking about going on a vacation to China, San Diego North Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming trip could be just the ticket.
The chamber trip to China will be Oct. 7-15. It is open to all in the community, including families with teens, said Debra Rosen, SDNCC president and CEO.
The cost is $2,099 per person, a discounted rate that includes round-trip airfare between Los Angeles and China, double-occupancy accommodations at four- and five-star hotels, three meals a day, deluxe bus tour and attraction fees, Rosen said. The tours will be led by English-speaking guides.
Those who want to participate in optional tours can pay extra for those and single-occupancy hotel accommodations are an additional $500. Trip registration is due by July 31.
A no-obligation informational meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 11611 Bernardo Plaza Court in Rancho Bernardo. Space is limited, so RSVPs are recommended. Contact Danielle Brown at 858-487-1767 or Danielle@sdncc.com.
During the meeting, attendees will learn more about the trip, including its itinerary. Among planned locations to visit are Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou. As for tourist attractions, they include Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven built in 1420 A.D., Palace Museum (aka Forbidden City), Summer Palace, Great Wall of China, Ming Tombs, Lingering Garden, Tiger Hill, Hanshan Temple, Lingyin Temple and a boat cruise on West Lake.
Though twice during the nine-day trip participants will learn more about China’s economic development zones, the focus is on tourist attractions.
Rosen said the trip is a first for the chamber, which will receive a small portion of the price for the chamber’s economic development efforts in the North County area of San Diego.
“We want to do more with economic development, but can’t sustain (those efforts) with memberships alone,” she said, explaining the chamber wants to do research studies on what it takes to keep businesses in the region.
According to Rosen, other chambers have organized such tours and she has heard they were “amazing.”
As for why chamber officials selected China, she said there are many reasons. “A lot of companies are going over there for labor reasons, so we want to understand the culture and what is drawing them there.
“(Plus), there is so much trade done in China,” Rosen said. “A lot of chamber members have gone to China and had a really good experience.”
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