Interest continues to grow from Chinese investors
A DELEGATION of Chinese business people visited the Whitsundays last week to look at possible investment and development opportunities.
They were invited by the president of the Chinese Australia Entrepreneurs Association Inc (CAEAI), Raymond Wang, who has already bought property in Airlie Beach.
The association is behind the proposal to build a casino in the Whitsundays.
Whitsundays Marketing and Development Ltd (WMDL) chair Jim Elder said Mr Wang was inviting as many CAEAI members as possible from China to visit the region.
"No-one should under-estimate his commitment to the Whitsundays," Mr Elder said.
The delegation was here for three days and met with several local groups.
The delegation included the president of the Shanghai branch of the CAEAI Mr Zhang and three other business people involved in real estate, retail and the hotel industry.
The Whitsunday Ratepayers Association committee were among the groups who met with the delegation.
President David Gillman said this was the third time the committee had met socially with delegations from China.
"The committee feel that what they have broadly proposed is much in line with WRA ideals for encouraging quality development and the enhancement of our tourism industry," Mr Gillman said.
He said there was potential for an increase in tourism from Chinese nationals. Whitsunday Regional Council Chief Executive Officer Scott Waters said Mr Zhang's interest in hotel development and construction worked hand in hand with future development plans in the Whitsunday region.
Mr Waters confirmed he had met Mr Zhang when he was in China on a trade mission with the Council at the end of last year.
Principal of Ray White Whitsunday, Mark Beale, also met the delegation and said it was good to see interest from other members of the CAEAI who were coming to look at further development opportunities.