The Dallas Regional Chamber reported the success of the Dallas-Fort Worth delegation to Asia in its Economic Development Blog today.
Dallas Mayor Michael Rawlings and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price led the delegation during its trip to Tokyo and Hong Kong from Nov. 7-11.
The Dallas Fort Worth International Airport organized the trade trip. The 26-person delegation attended more than 30 meetings with industry executives and government officials, including Aichi Prefecture Gov. Hideaki Ohmura. The group also met with Keidanren, the Japanese business federation.
The delegation met with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the General Chamber of Commerce. They also met with the Hong Kong Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So.
The head of the International Team Sarah Carabias-Rush pointed out the importance of face-to-face meetings when building business relationships. The trip to Tokyo and Hong Kong reinforced the delegation's interest in working with Asian companies that wish to expand their business operations in the U.S.
The relationship between Japan and North Texas has increased over the last four years. Japanese companies headquartered or operating in the region have increased from 112 to 170. In addition, Japanese Airlines restarted the Tokyo Narita and Dallas Forth Worth International Airport route, which provides daily non-stop service between the two airports.