In its new China tourism strategy, the B.C. government has agreed to ignore the fact that Vancouver is a destination for gay tourism.
A marketing document released on the eve of Premier Christy Clark’s trade mission to China states that tourism operators marketing trips to the province for Chinese people must agree not to promote casinos, gambling or gay tourism. Globe and Mail
From BC Mary's The Legislative Raids, of September 2010:
MLA Kevin Falcon has no control over when companies make donations to the BC Liberal Party, but the optics on this trip of his, which included a new Mandate that the BC Rail Board of Directors should accompany him, appear badly timed.
Spending taxpayers dollars to free wheel around the world did result in one political donation for the BC Liberal PARTY during the days of their visit.
DP WORLD (CANADA) INC. 2008/06/25
BC LIBERAL PARTY
Total Contribution For This Search: $41,990.00
"Minister Kevin Falcon's Asia Tour 2008
Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon led a delegation of private and public sector partners on a two-week mission to promote trade through Canada’s Pacific Gateway transportation network.
During the June 13-27 trip to Beijing, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore and Dubai, the Minister and partners promoted B.C. as the preferred gateway for two-way trade between Asia and North America."
Securing Jobs for British ColumbiansPremier Clark, along with Ministers Bell and Thomson, will depart Vancouver Nov. 4 for China. Areas of focus in China are transportation, international education, mining, forestry, liquefied natural gas, seafood promotion, and technology. The Premier will meet with government officials and business leaders in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.
The Premier will depart for India on Nov. 10, along with Health Minister Mike de Jong. In India they will meet with government and business leaders in Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Amritsar and Bangalore. While in India, the focus will be on mining, life sciences, technology, green energy, international education, and forestry.
However, the Premier and the two Ministers are not traveling as a trio through China, nor as a duet when Mike de Jong shows up for the India leg either:
Two hundred and fifty representatives from more than 120 companies and organizations representing sectors such as mining, energy, forestry, seafood, transportation and education will participate in the upcoming Province-led jobs and trade mission to China and India, announced Premier Christy Clark on Thursday.Snip
The Premier and delegations will meet with government, business and industry leaders in both countries, as well as hosting hundreds of officials at business functions. Premier Clark will also participate at a panel session with Indian provincial chief ministers at the World Economic Forum India Summit, which is meeting in Mumbai.
Premier Clark arrives back in British Columbia on Nov. 18.
Premier Clark welcomes over 100 community delegates on China mission
Premier Clark promoting B.C. seafoodin China