Manhattan, Salina groups planning China visit

By Bryan Richardson

The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with its counterpart organization in Salina to promote an unusual trip to China this October.

The trip, from Oct. 20 to 28, is designed to provide Chamber members and the general public an opportunity to learn about the Chinese business system as well as sightseeing. Participants will also meet area-related employers with operations in China including the K-State China office.

Lyle Butler, president of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, said the Salina chamber contacted the local chamber about teaming up for the China trip.

The Salina chamber commissioned a trip to China with close to 50 people two years ago. Other Kansas chambers to recently go on trips include Topeka, Emporia and Kansas City.

“A lot of chambers across the United States have been offering some trips to countries one might not normally travel to,” Butler said. “We’re probably a little late coming to doing this.”

Butler said the trip is more of a leisure trip than a business trip. He said it’s not something the chamber will do every year.

“It’s one of those trips that a lot of people won’t take on their own,” he said.

The chamber is holding an orientation at 5:30 p.m. April 25 at the Manhattan Conference Center, 410 S. Third.

Butler said no reservations are required then. The ticketing deadline is July 26. “We encourage them to come at least find out information and talk to people who’ve gone on this specific trip,” he said.

The cost is $2,099 per person based on double occupancy (add $500 for single occupancy). A non-refundable $200 deposit per person is required to hold reservations. It includes 4 and 5 star hotels, round trip flight from Los Angeles, three meals per day, bus transportation in China, English-speaking tour guides, and admission to all tours and attractions scheduled for the trip. Not included is travel to Los Angeles, valid passport and visa, optional tours and tip for the tour.

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