Chamber to host trip to China

Travelers will have an opportunity to see the inner workings of a local company overseas.

The Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce will host a trip to China later this year that will highlight Emerson’s Wuqing plant.

Lynn Olberding, Chamber vice president, said China was a good fit because of the local connection with the Emerson plant.

As China continues to emerge as a global economic power, curiosity about its customs and business practices continues to grow, she said.

“A lot of people have questions about China-about business there, about tourist attractions,” Olberding said. “There is over 2,400 years of history there.”

That history, she said, influences its culture, which in turn influences its commerce. Those going on the trip will have a chance to tour embroidery, pearl and jade factories as well as other more prominent tourist sites such as the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Ming Tombs, the Lingering Gardens, Tiger Hill and the Bund.

Paul Gregoire, vice president of human resources for Emerson, said those traveling to China will get a sense of how involved locally the operations overseas are. The tour of the Emerson plant will highlight the connectivity of the company in its fastest growing market, he added.

“When we do good things over there, we have to add resources here,” he said.

The $2,399 per person cost covers roundtrip airfare, ground transportation, four-and-five-star accommodations during the 10-day trip, meals, travel insurance and transfer expenses.

Tourists will be afforded the opportunity to experience a slice of Chinese life as they dine with a Chinese family enjoying traditional fare and ride a rickshaw. The trip consists of stops in Beijing, Suzhou, Hangzou and Shanghai. The flight leaves from Seattle Oct. 21 and returns Oct. 30.

The Chamber will hold an informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Best Western Regency Inn, 3303 S. Center St., to gauge interest and answer questions. Anyone unable to attend but would still like information, should call the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce at 641-753-6645.