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Hong Kong opens new possibilities of cooperation in wine and tourism sectors

Hong Kong, 9 November 2016 – The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia, Dejan Židan, travelled to Hong Kong as part of his official visit to China. The first day of the visit the Minister met with the Commissioner for Tourism, Cathy Chu, and Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Leung Chun-ying. The Minister also visited a botanic garden that cares for numerous rare and other animals seized in illegal transit in Hong Kong. They also run a tree-planting programme in areas where trees had been felled in the past.

In the morning, Minister Židan met with the Commissioner for Tourism in Hong Kong, Cathy Chu. In their discussion the Minister informed the Commissioner about Slovenia’s characteristics and advantages, focusing on tourist products and services that could be of interest to tourists from Hong Kong. "We are looking for new possibilities of cooperation and Hong Kong’s citizens are very fond of travelling abroad, since they register up to 70 million trips abroad, while on average, an individual makes 3 to 4 tourist or business trips a year," mentioned the Minister after the meeting. At the same time he added that there are rich and modern tourists here who are seeking something new, and who appreciate variety, good food and high-quality wines. "According to my assessment, we are a great tourist destination for them."


Then the Minister met with Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Leung Chun-ying. Hong Kong has more than 7 million inhabitants; it is a centre of international trade and finance and is an entry point for all of China. The meeting drew broader public interest, since they have missed Slovenia’s active presence in recent years. His delegation also included their Minister of Economy and an agreement was reached to arrange a meeting between businessmen from Slovenia and Hong Kong. The two discussion partners focused on finding an opportunity to strengthen cooperation between the EU and China. "Slovenia is a wonderful country, with a diverse and excellent cuisine, supreme wines and friendly people," highlighted Minister Židan. The Chief Executive of the special autonomous area said that "there is great potential for cooperation between Hong Kong and Slovenia," adding that the visit of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, Židan, was perceived here as a good and promising start to productive cooperation. 


Tomorrow Minister Židan will attend the official opening of the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair, one of the largest and most important fairs promoting wine, alcoholic beverages and food products in Asia. The event is organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) in cooperation with the most important institutions and professional associations from the wine, beverage and food sectors, which incorporate the majority of importers, distributers and retail sales enterprises (Hong Kong Food Council, Hong Kong Food, Drink & Grocery Association, Hong Kong Sommelier Association, The Hong Kong & Kowloon Provisions Wine & Spirits Dealers' Association). Slovenia is one of the exhibitors at the fair for the first time, and the country is presenting its wine producers. On the last day of his visit to Hong Kong Minister Židan will meet with the person responsible for safe food in Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Director. In the evening Slovenia will organise a special promotional event, presenting Slovenia and its wine industry for many businessmen, experts and other important players in the wine industry.



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