Dear Members and Friends of World Trade Center Alaska:
For the past decade-plus, the headline story for Alaska's international business community has been the dramatic rise in exports from Alaska to the China. From just $103 million in 2000, to a record of nearly $1.5 billion in 2011, the growth has been unprecedented. We call it the Dragon Decade.
Nine years ago we conducted our 1st Alaska-China Business Conference. In the ensuing years, exports as well as other business and invesment has grown substantially and all indicators point to ongoing growth and expansion of these commercial ties. China is now Alaska's largest trading partner.
Alaska is well positioned to benefit from China's continuing growth and modernization. Alaska can supply not only much-needed natural resources, but also a range of technical and professional services. Alaska is also benefiting from the rise of air cargo traffic from China to the U.S. mainland through the Anchorage airport, and statistics show that an increasing number of Chinese tourists are visiting the Great Land. As an investor, China is moving into Alaska and will become even more involved in years to come as it seeks supplies of natural resources and to play a role in Arctic development.
The 9th Annual Conference will be held December 12th on the newly remodeled third floor of the Millenium Hotel, with a stunning view of Lake Hood. It will feature presentations, a luncheon with a keynote speaker and a reception afterwards. We would like to offer you an opportunity to increase the visibility of your company as a sponsor of this Conference. There are several levels of sponsorship, all of them guaranteeing your logo and name will stand out and be used on all the materials relating to the Conference. You will be recognized throughout the event, and your company's name associated with your interest in the rising Chinese market.
The 9th Alaska-China Conference will be the place to learn about business opportunities, challenges, and the resources that are available to you from international trade service providers such as WTCAK, when considering a future where China will be playing an important role. We also hope that during the Conference, you will establish valuable contacts to assist you in your endeavors.
Please fill out and return to us the sponsorship form. We will be in touch with you to work out the details of your participation in the Conference.
Executive Director, World Trade Center Alaska
Consultant, U.S. Department of Commerce