A trio from the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce is bound for China later this month to explore business opportunities.
“It’s really just kind of an orientation, meet a few business people and get an introduction to the culture,” said chamber executive director Deb McClelland. “We’re just exploring to see if we can all work together.”
McClelland will be joined by chamber vice-president Bob Dieno and director Neil Leonard on the nine-day trip, which begins March 27.
Chamber members from across Canada will accompany them. McClelland is using the California-based business promoter Citslinc, which enables McClelland and company to travel at a reduced rate.
“They offered the trip to us gratis. I pay a very small amount,” she said.
McClelland, Dieno and Leonard will pay $300. The amount covered flight, hotel, food and tours. Dieno and Leonard will pay the cost themselves, she said.
She said China, along with India, is an emerging economy that businesses want to trade with. This is an inexpensive way to test the waters.
A representative for Citslinc could not be reached for comment. The company’s website states the business has existed since 1995 and promotes positive economic growth in the realm of international trade.