B.C. wooing China

Provincial officials are selling the benefits of B.C. resources and tourism in China.

Promoting opportunities for British Columbia-China collaboration in wood construction, tourism and energy was the focus of Premier John Horgan's visit to Beijing, which also included a wood and green-building policy forum.

"China is increasingly focused on environmentally sustainable construction, and B.C. is taking every opportunity to promote the environmental benefits of wood building products and systems," said Horgan. "We are not only marketing wood products and technologies, but also engaging with key government policy and decision makers, so we can expand markets for B.C. forestry products."

The forum shared best practices on wood construction, with a focus on opportunities for B.C. to collaborate with Chinese companies in advancing low-carbon development.

The delegation also hosted a reception for key tourism operators and influencers.

Ski British Columbia featured virtual reality/360 ski videos, interactive ski areas and B.C. agrifoods and seafood.

"The number of tourists travelling from China to our province is growing all the time. With the upcoming Olympics, we now have a major opportunity to build awareness of B.C. as a prime winter ski destination, in addition to a beautiful area to visit in spring and summer," said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

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