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Business trip planned to China

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is promoting a brand new venture—a five-star, all inclusive trip to China in October 2013.

“The venture is brand-new for us,” said Kelowna Chamber of Commerce president Caroline Grover, who is going on the same trip in April to ensure the October trip will go off without any glitches.

“This trip offers amazing sights and opportunities, going to seven out of 10 of China’s world historic sites, such as the Great Wall, and the Temple of Heaven.”

Equally important, however, is to use the trip as an opportunity to combine business with vacation pleasure, said Grover.

The tour operator will set up business meetings for interested travelers with government officials and business owners, she said. “We recognize China as a critical part of the BC and Canadian economy. This is a great opportunity to be introduced to the culture and the business life of China.”

A meeting request form is posted on the Chamber website www.kelownachamber.org/discoverchina.

Price, value and connections will drive this Chamber trip to success: four- and five-star hotels, three meals a day, nine days of packed tours with English-speaking guides –all taxes and gratuities included, along with international airfare, for $2,475.

“That is the Chamber member price,” added Grover. “Non-members are welcome for only $150 more.”

A Kelowna-based registered travel agent will be assisting in ticketing and insurance for travelers, working with the Kelowna Chamber and its tour operator, Citslinc.

Citslinc is a member of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce,  with its home base in Monterey Park, Cal.

The trip, scheduled for Oct. 9 to 17, will take travelers to Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou. The trip has been a solid hit with other Chambers and Boards of Trade across North America since Citslinc began operating the program in 1992.

The Kelowna Chamber will hold orientation sessions to answer questions, and review the itinerary. Sessions will run every other month from February to the booking deadline, July 31.

For more information on the Discover China trip, or to register, contact Carolin Miller at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce: cmiller@kelownachamber.org; 250-469-7358.

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