Visit Loudoun hosted a delegation of high-ranking Chinese officials along with the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Trade on Sunday to highlight the county’s agriculture and tourism assets.
The delegation spent the day in Loudoun before heading to Washington, DC, for the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade. Some of the 60 guests in attendance included Vice Premier Wang Yang; Li Jinzao, chairman of the China National Tourism Administration; U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker; and Kelly Craighead, executive director of the National Travel and Tourism Office, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.
The delegation, accompanied by Chinese media, toured Morven Park with Executive Director Stephanie Kenyon; ate a Thanksgiving meal prepared by Chef Rosendale at the newly opened Roots 657 Café in Lucketts; tasted wine with Doug Fabbioli from Fabbioli Cellars, and toured the hops facilities and Vanish Brewery at Black Hops Farm with owner Jonathan Staples. American (and Loudoun) media were not advised of the meeting until afterward.
The delegation was joined by U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10) and County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large).
“The Chinese economic delegation led by China’s Vice Premier Wang Yang wanted to see the connection between agriculture and tourism,” Comstock said. “And who best tells that story? Loudoun County.”