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Gov. Perry and First Lady to Lead Texas Economic Development and Tourism Delegation to China

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Location: Austin, TX

Gov. Perry and First Lady to Lead Texas Economic Development and Tourism Delegation to China

Gov. Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry will lead a delegation of state, business and tourism leaders representing Texas at "Salute to Texas Week" June 13-19, at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. The expo will give participants the opportunity to further develop relationships in economic development and tourism, while providing a cultural exchange between China and Texas.

"Anita and I are pleased to lead a delegation to Shanghai to showcase the many economic development opportunities and tourist attractions our state has to offer," Gov. Perry said. "This unique opportunity will strengthen relationships with our foreign counterparts, and we are committed to ensuring this global expo translates into jobs, business investments and increased tourism for the Lone Star State."

The 2010 expo will last from May 1 to Oct. 31, 2010, and is expected to draw an estimated 70 million visitors (60 million Chinese and 10 million foreign travelers), with more than 170 nations represented. Texas will be featured as part of the U.S. National stage during the delegation's visit. A projected five to six million visitors are expected to tour the USA 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.

China is among the fastest growing emerging markets for business and leisure tourism to the U.S., with an estimated 52,000 Chinese travelers visiting Texas in 2008. Additionally, China is Texas' third largest export partner, receiving five percent, or $8.9 billion, of all Texas exports. Top export commodities include chemicals, computer and electronic equipment and machinery manufactures.

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