Monday, September 17, 2012

Halifax as an East Coast Gateway

September 17, 2012, Halifax, NS – The Halifax Port Authority and the Halifax Stanfield International Airport hosted a reception together this evening in Shanghai, China to promote Halifax as an east coast gateway.

The reception was hosted as part of the Council of the Federation trade mission to China, led by Premier Darrell Dexter.  This event provided the Port of Halifax and Halifax Stanfield International Airport with the opportunity to promote Halifax as an international connection point for moving people and trade to and from North America.

“Nearly half of our cargo today is Asian and this region represents one of our key target markets for growth. Raising awareness and generating new contacts in Asia is important for the Port of Halifax,” said Karen Oldfield, President & CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “This reception gave our international Port and Airport an opportunity to build upon the existing relationships we have in China as well as forge new ones.”

Local Nova Scotia businesses participating in the mission also had the opportunity to network and talk about potential opportunities.  The reception was also hosted in partnership with the Canada China Business Council. Approximately 120 people attended.

“We are pleased to continue building relationships in China and with the completion of our main runway extension program in November, we look forward to increasing our cargo and passenger traffic with the Asian market,” said Jerry Staples, Vice President, Air Service Marketing & Development with Halifax International Airport Authority.