Engaging with Asia starts in Chinatown Adelaide

“Engaging with Asia starts in Chinatown” says Australia’s Ambassador to China, HE Ms Frances Adamson and Chinatown Adelaide (CASA) President Irena Zhang.

For most South Australian’s their first exposure to Asia is by visiting Adelaide’s Chinatown and for most Asian international tourists and students their first destination on arrival is Chinatown.

1. Adelaide receives 332,000 international visitors annually. (year ending June 2012 IVS figures)

2. Nearly a quarter of Adelaide City Councils residents are Asian born. (Russell, 2012)

3. The Chinatown Precinct is one of the most popular free international visitor attractions in South Australia.

4. The Chinatown Precinct is a keystone feature in South Australia’s growing dependence on tourism and international students.

5. Adelaide Central Market is the most visited tourist destination in SA from a broad cross section of Adelaide and overseas tourists with over 8.5 million visits per year. (Wilkinson & Mattsson, 2012)

6. Most children in Adelaide will visit the Adelaide Chinatown Precinct in at some formative point and are exposed to Asia and diversity in a positive way.

Premier of South Australia, the Hon Jay Weatherill MP and Australia’s Ambassador to China, HE Ms Frances Adamson recently provided keynote addresses at CEDA’s (Committee for Economic Development of Australia) 2012 China Luncheon supported by DFAT and the Australia China Business Council.

“It is well known that China’s economic growth over the past two decades has been spectacular, with the key contributors including urbanisation, industrialisation, increasing productivity and technology improvements. China accounts for almost a fifth of South Australian exports particularly iron ore, copper and gold.

In 2010, SA welcomed more than 17,000 tourist visitors from China, and more than 13,000 Chinese students to South Australian universities, schools and vocational colleges. The changes taking place in China are clearly of central importance to Australia. As this year is the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations with China, Ms Adamson provided insights into these changes, how they affect us and the opportunities they present for South Australia.”

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