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June 15, 2015

Last Minute Opportunity - Direct Line Conference Call with U.S. Consul General to Shanghai, M. Hanscom Smith

In partnership with Global Markets/Commercial Service Shanghai, the State Department is hosting a business outreach conference call entitled East China: Attracting Chinese Tourism as part of its Direct Line program.

It will take place on Thursday, June 18 from 7-8 pm EDT (China Time: Friday, June 19 from 7-8 am).

The panel includes:

  • United States Consul General in Shanghai M. Hanscom Smith, Host

  • Principal Commercial Officer Cameron Werker, U.S. Department of Commerce in Shanghai

  • Agriculture and Trade Office Director Valerie Brown-Jones, U.S. Department of Agriculture in Shanghai

  • Representative from the Consulate’s Visa Section

Since 2003, the number of Mainland China travelers to the U.S. has grown nearly 15 times to over 2 million visitors last year. With the recent expansion of U.S. visa validity for Chinese tourists to ten years, this upward trend is poised to continue. The U.S. Consul General in Shanghai invites you and a panel of experts to discuss this explosive growth in Chinese travel to the U.S. and talk about how you can take advantage of the exciting opportunities it presents. Home to some of China’s most affluent citizens, Shanghai’s Consular District, including Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Anhui Provinces, boasts over 215 million residents, making East China a prime target for your travel promotion efforts.

We hope you will consider joining us to discuss policy challenges, opportunities, and the operating environment for tourism in China. In addition to giving short remarks, our panelists will be on hand to answer any questions. Please RSVP as quickly as possible.

To find out more about the State Department’s Direct Line Program and sign up for notifications of future events, please click here.

Information provided by:
Paul Stahle
Economic Officer
U.S. Consulate General Shanghai
U.S. Department of State


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