Lake District trade mission heads to China & Hong Kong

Chinese visitors on Windermere Lake Cruises (credit Gordon Shoosmith)

Lake District trade mission heads to China & Hong Kong

Windermere Lake Cruises is one of Lake District tourism business that will be jetting off to China and Hong Kong next month, as part of a trade mission to strengthen the region’s links with Asian markets.

The aim of the eleven-day visit is to speak directly to airlines, tour operators, press and other high-level influencers to help make the Lake District, Cumbria, the visitor destination of choice for Chinese travellers heading to Europe in 2018.

To help make the most of China’s emergence as a key visitor market in recent years, Windermere Lake Cruises and English Lakes Hotels will represent the Lake District China Forum for an initial three days of intensive office visits in Beijing and two days of high-level meetings in Hong Kong.

At the same time, The World of Beatrix Potter and Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway are visiting Taiwan for similar sessions.

All four attractions will then join together with four other Cumbrian businesses for VisitBritain’s three-day ‘Destination China’ event in the city of Guangzho to help promote British destinations, products and suppliers to around 100 overseas buyers.

Jennifer Cormack is chair of the Lake District China Forum and sales & marketing director at Windermere Lake Cruises. She said: “This trade mission is all about building fantastic relationships with some very large and influential companies, and laying the foundations to bring

“Working together as part of a strong delegation of businesses from the Lake District, we are confident we can continue building the region’s reputation internationally and win new business to help develop and grow our tourism sector."

The full list of Lake District businesses involved in the trade mission includes:

English Lakes Hotels
Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel
Mountain Goat
Muncaster Castle
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
The World of Beatrix Potter
Ullswater Steamers
Windermere Lake Cruises