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Chamber plans trip overseas

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

CONYERS -- The public, especially the business community, is invited to take advantage of significantly discounted trips to Spain and China this fall.

The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce is hosting an eight-day trip to Barcelona and Madrid from Nov. 13-20 and a nine-day trip to China from Nov. 14-22.

The Chamber is encouraging residents to consider going along. Organizers said the trip will particularly give business owners an opportunity to experience two of Europe's most vibrant and beautiful cities and China, one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.

"The exponential growth in international trade and commerce will place demands on all of us as business owners and managers to learn more about our foreign trading partners and other social cultures," said Fred Boscarino, Chamber president and CEO. "The trips also afford some insight as to local and national governance in other cultures."

A $2,099 fee covers airfare, meals, lodging and transportation in Beijing, Shanghai and other Chinese cities. The fee also includes the price for English-speaking tour guides. Travelers will also visit several natural and historic Chinese sites, including the Great Wall and the Lingering Garden, and experience native art and music, according to the Chamber.

The next briefing for the China trip will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Chamber office, located at 1186 Scott St., Conyers. A $200 deposit is required by July 1 to reserve a spot for the China trip.

This is the second trip to China for the Chamber. Again, Citslinc International, the sponsoring tour operator, will answer questions at Tuesday's briefing.

Boscarino called last year's trip to China a "great learning experience." Fifty local residents spent nine days there, including a visit to the 2010 World Expo held in Shanghai.

"It is impossible to visit a culture as different from our own without being almost overwhelmed by the differences, and at the same time the realization that there are also unexpected similarities," he said. "There was the opportunity to meet with Chinese businesspeople and hear their thoughts as to world economic opportunities. There was also the opportunity to meet with government officials, both in local and national levels which provided some insight as to similarities and differences in governance."

For Spain, the fee is $2,199 per person and also includes meals, lodging, transportation and English-speaking tour guides. The Spain trip is organized through Collette Vacations. A $250 deposit is required by Monday, June 20, to reserve a spot for the Spain trip.

For more information, Call Stephanie Layson at the Chamber at 770-483-7049.