The number of Chinese tourists who visit Hawaii each year increased by 25,000 from 2008 to 2011. With China expected to eventually be our top tourist market, there’s no question that the emerging powerhouse is important to our islands.
So it’s probably a good thing that Hawaii’s House Speaker (and Maui boy) Joe Souki along with Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say and Representative Ty Cullen recently met with a Chinese delegation which included Yuan Chunqing, Chairman of the Standing Committee of Shanxi Provincial People’s Congress, and other senior officials from Shanxi Province.
According to the May 30 news release sent by the Majority of the House of Representatives, the leaders talked about ways to “promote opportunities for growth in educational and cultural exchanges, business opportunities and tourism.”
The leaders also signed a Memorandum of Understanding, said Charles St. Sure, the assistant director of communications, though as of this time there are no specifics about the agreements or consensus reached.