A new strategy for success in doing business in China, a land where deals are notoriously slow, is highly relevant to the tourism business. Ottawa’s major newspaper, The Ottawa Citizen reports.

With the Beijing International Tourism Expo 2011 set for June 15 to 18, the Ottawa mayor and city representatives are making up a delegation in the hopes of bringing Chinese tourists and their cash to the city. Their proposals include a “marquee,” 400- to 500-room hotel to support the influx of visitors.

But what kind of clout does the mayor of a capital city have in China?

Intriguingly, a great deal.

The Citizen reports that the mayor of Beijing “is one of the top 10 most powerful officials in China,”  revealing the high esteem some countries confer upon mayors. On concurrent trips to one such country, the mayor of Ottawa was able to score meetings with some high officials that the provincial premier couldn’t get.

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Watson+China+promote+tourism+Ottawa/4811726/story.html#ixzz1NLBrtoHu
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Mayor+status+opens+doors+China/4823578/story.html

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