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Our 2013 destination is northern Italy, where visits include the city of Varese, the northern Italian lake region, Milan, Parma, Florence (with a touch of Tuscany) and Venice.
Click HERE for the trip brochure.
Whether you are interested in working with the Alliance staff to create a personalized business itinerary, or simply wish to learn more about these culturally rich regions, you will find this trip exceptional.
Please join fellow Charleston Area Alliance members and friends as we journey together to Italy next spring.
For questions, contact Jeri Adkins by e-mail HERE or by phone at 304-340-4253.
We look forward to seeing you in 2013!
Matthew G. Ballard
Business mission participants today enjoyed Beijing’s Forbidden City, along with rickshaw rides through old Beijing and a trip to the Emperor’s Summer Palace.
The weather has been hazy, due in large part to thick air polution. As someone remarked this morning, a good day in China is when you can see your shadow.
But grey skies haven’t dampened the spirits. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we’re taking advantage of it.
While the Forbidden City was truly breath-taking, many would agree the highlight came when we had lunch in someone’s home. The hostess was fantastic, serving a great meal and a plethora of jokes.
Some business mission participants this morning met Sarah Kemp, deputy senior commercial officer for the American Embassy in Beijing, who offered a presentation about China’s economy and what an American business must know before doing business in China.
Among Kemp’s many intriguing points: While about 70 percent of China’s energy comes from coal, the country is investing a tremendous amount of money in green technology. It dominates the wind energy markets and is making big strides in hydroelectricity. Might some West Virginia businesses find opportunities in one of China’s fastest growing sectors?
This was a long but rewarding day in Beijing for the 70 participants in the Alliance’s business mission to China.
The highlight was the Great Wall. Our guide explained no one can expect to be “heroes” before climbing the Wall. So, of course, to different extents, we all took the opportunitiy to conquer one of the world’s wonders.
They also visited the beautiful Temple of Heaven and a jade factory. We also passed several sites from the 2008 Summer Olympics, including the Cube, where Michael Phelps won his record-breaking gold medals.
The Alliance Business Mission arrived today in Beijing at 7:30 p.m., and after organizing the group onto three busses, the first stop was dinner. Several Cantonese dishes were arranged on a carousel in the table’s center.
It was a delicious start to a long visit. Our day starts early tomorrow.
About 70 people left New York City forBeijing today as part of the Charleston Area Alliance’s business mission to China. The 13-hour flight puts us 12 hours ahead of West Virginia’s time zone.
During the nine-day visit, we’ll be meeting with Chinese business leaders and learning the ins and outs of the country’s economy, as well as visiting some of the country’s most well-known sites.
Check back here for daily updates.