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Governor Lingle to visit six Chinese cities

ELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 30, 2009) – The Governor of Hawaii, Linda Lingle, will leave tomorrow for a two-week excursion to China, where she intends to sell Hawaii as a tourism destination and to bolster opportunities for the state’s products to be sold there.

The Honolulu Star Bulletin reports the six-city trip, announced yesterday at the state Capitol, will include meetings with Hainan Airlines, which recently won approval for at least one weekly nonstop flight from Beijing to Hawaii.

She also will hold talks with Chinese tourism authorities to promote Hawaii and with U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman will chat about speeding up the visa process.

The Governor’s trip includes stops in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Haikou, Sanya and Guangshou

The Governor’s office says the average Chinese tourist in Hawaii spends about 283 US dollars a day, more than those from any other location.

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