Vancouver Winter Olympics In Need of Promotion

July 31, 2009

Whistler’s MP believes Canada needs to increase their promotion efforts for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games.

On a recent trip to Hong Kong and Taiwan, MP for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country, John Weston, commented on how little Asians knew about the event.

Weston travelled to the Far East this summer in order to check on the Olympics’ visibility and met with Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou and Taiwan’s opposition leader Ing-wen Tsai. He even gave a speech to Hong Kong’s Chamber of Commerce.

“It is fair to say that the further away you go from Vancouver, the less people know (about the Olympics). But at the same time, we have a great opportunity because of the good will for Canada and B.C.,” commented Weston.

The MP is very well acquainted with Asia, having lived on the continent for a decade; fluent in Mandarin, Weston founded the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei and practiced international law there.

Back on home turf, the MP’s next hurdle is to tackle the visa issues for Mexicans; a large and increaslingly wealthy market which Canada is eager to tap into. But fears of the H1N1 virus combined with an increase in immigration are the main items which will need to addressed

Vancouver and it’s mountain sister city will host the 2010 winter Olympics from February 12 to 28 and the Paralympics from March 12 to 21.

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