Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price are on a trade mission through Friday to Tokyo and Hong Kong to promote tourism, business opportunities and diplomatic connections with the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The mission is especially timely for partnerships with Japan, as many Japanese firms such as Toyota are establishing regional headquarters or operations in North Texas. Mission delegates plan to meet with executives and government officials in both Tokyo and Hong Kong to showcase the benefits of operating in North Texas.
“Asian companies have been a big driver for the Dallas-Fort Worth economy. More and more are recognizing the benefits of operating here, including our deep talent pool,” Rawlings said. “We’re looking forward to continuing that positive momentum on this trip through the relationships that we will cultivate in Tokyo and Hong Kong.”
Japan ranks seventh for international visitors to Dallas and Fort Worth.
“It’s no secret that the Fort Worth–Dallas region has become a ripe area of growth for trade and tourism with Asian companies, welcoming passengers daily on direct flights from DFW Airport,” Price said.
The number of Japanese companies with corporate locations in North Texas has jumped to more than 160, compared to 112 four years ago. Japan Airlines has also resumed daily nonstop service between Tokyo Narita and DFW Airport, which had been discontinued in 2001. American Airlines also flies to Tokyo twice daily.