Mayor Rybak in China to promote Minneapolis business, tourism

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak left Sunday, May 17 on a 11-day tour of China to promote Minneapolis as a travel destination for the growing Chinese market and market Minneapolis companies doing business in China.

Mayor Rybak is also the only U.S. mayor invited to speak at the International Forum on Development of High-Tech Enterprises being held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. He will address the forum on how cities and urban areas can drive economic development and how different regions can expand economic cooperation to promote growth.

The mayor’s visit to China is in collaboration with Meet Minneapolis and Delta Air Lines. He will meet with Minneapolis companies who have operations in China to help foster more business relationships that secure future market development for more Minneapolis-based companies.

Mayor Rybak will spend several days in Beijing, Shanghai and Harbin, China meeting with various government, business, technology, and academic leaders. While in Harbin, a sister-city to Minneapolis, he will work to strengthen the Minneapolis’ relationship with that city and visit the new "Minneapolis Hall" in Harbin’s Sister City Museum.

The mayor will be accompanied by Bill Deef, international relations manager for Meet Minneapolis, the City's visitor and convention bureau.

May 18, 2009

Published May. 18, 2009