HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On Monday Governor Linda Lingle recapped her 11-day trip to Asia. Sustainability collaborations, investment options, educational partnerships and tourism contracts are just some of the deals that are hoped to help ignite Hawaii's economic recovery.
"The trip was hugely successful, very informative, educational and very, very intense. We were first in China, in four different cities. Following that we were in Tokyo for a couple of days at meetings, receptions and news conferences" said Governor Lingle.
Governor Lingle says she hopes the process to get a visa can be sped up. She said talks are under way to start a new charter flight which will fly twice a week from Shanghai to Honolulu.
The proposed flight may start as soon as the end of the year. The flight is expected to increase Chinese visitors to Hawaii by 25,000 annually.
She also talked to prospective Chinese students at an education seminar in efforts to promote Hawaii's colleges. She also addressed 125 individuals that were looking to invest in Hawaii, emphasizing cultural ties and Hawaii's welcoming environment.