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Tale of two cities as Shanghai and Beijing team up


Rather than view each other as arch rivals, China‚Äôs two biggest cities have agreed to work together to bring a greater share of the meetings and incentive travel market to the Republic.

Shanghai and Beijing have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will see them jointly promote the cities as destinations for conventions, and business tourism in general.

The Marriott City Center Shanghai, the China (Shanghai) International Meetings & Conferences Forum, and Beijing and Shanghai municipals were signatories to the agreement.

The two cities have often put forward joint bids for major conferences, and now they are formalising their collaborative efforts with governmental support and coordination.

Martin Sirk, CEO of suppliers organisation ICCA, attended the signing ceremony.

He said: "We're delighted to see this important new evolution in China's development as a mature international meetings destination, following on from the formation 18 months ago of the ICCA China Committee, and anticipating further positive changes as we move towards the 2013 ICCA Congress in Shanghai."

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