Gov. Rick Perry kicked off "Salute to Texas Week" at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 on Tuesday with an opening ceremony welcoming visitors to the Texas-themed U.S.A. National Pavilion.
"Texas is proud to sponsor the U.S.A. Pavilion and excited to be a part of Shanghai 2010," Gov. Perry said. "The World Expo provides our state with a worldwide platform to promote Texas job creation and tourism. Our state is one of the strongest economies in the United States, and a significant trading partner with fast-growing China, and we want to see that economic relationship grow and prosper."
Texas-centric activities planned for the week include Texas business and tourism seminars; performances by Austin's next generation western swing act, the Marshall Ford Swing Band, and champion trick roper Kevin Fitzpatrick; interview sessions with Johnson Space Center Astronaut Ellen Baker; and a Texas-style fashion show sponsored by NorthPark Center in Dallas. Texas Tourism commercials and video footage of the state will be shown on the outdoor LED screen and throughout the pavilion tour.
The governor and members of the Texas delegation also hosted a forum for Chinese businesses potentially looking to invest in Texas where they discussed the advantages of locating in Texas, how to do business in the state, as well as programs, incentives and regional benefits available to companies. Other participants in the forum included Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, Secretary of State Hope Andrade, and representatives from Texas Instruments and the communities of Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Houston, McKinney and San Patricio.
Additionally, the governor toured other expo pavilions, including the China, Brazil and Mexico displays.
The 2010 expo began on May 1 and will run through Oct. 31, 2010, and is expected to draw 70 million visitors from more than 170 nations. A projected 5 million to 6 million visitors will tour the U.S.A. National Pavilion, which will build on the EXPO's theme, "Better City, Better Life," by showcasing America as the place of opportunity, diversity, innovation, success, sustainability, health and nutrition, and technology.
The governor and first lady's trips are being paid for by TexasOne. No tax dollars are being used for the Perry's travel and accommodations on this trip.