ONE of the world's largest economies could soon be knocking on Cooma's door.
Cooma-Monaro Shire mayor Dean Lynch will travel to China next month to take part in the first World Agritourism Development Forum and try to tap into a new tourism market.
The forum is aimed at brainstorming ideas for cooperation between China and other countries for Chinese business people to potentially hold conferences or farmstays in the home countries.
Mayors and ambassadors from about 30 countries will attend the forum.
Cr Lynch was invited by former Bombala local Hugh Kater who is now living in Beijing and will be also attending the forum.
In an email to Cr Lynch, Mr Kater said Chinese business people were not looking for a five star hotel experience anymore; they wanted something different and real when they could understand the local area and conduct business in a unique setting.
Mr Kater said he believed, having grown up in the district, that Cooma had a lot to offer in terms of Agritourism, because of the unique landscape and variety of agriculture.
Cr Lynch said tourism and agriculture had been highlighted as two major economic drivers in the shire, and to combine the two could see a good outcome.
He said the forum would provide a good opportunity to make some key contacts and follow up on ideas for Agritourism in the shire.
Cr Lynch has forwarded the invitation to Bombala Shire mayor Bob Stewart and Bega Valley Shire mayor Bill Taylor in the hope of having a delegation from the region attend the forum.
The World Agritourism Development Forum is a multinational cooperative platform focused on rural tourism and devotes itself to the development of related industries around the world.
The ultimate goal is to organise specialised tourist groups to visit the different countries that attend.
The Forum will be held in Changsha City, Hunan Province, China on October 25 to 27.
Transport including flights and accommodation will be provided by the Forum.