Cooma-Monaro Shire mayor Dean Lynch is confident Cooma, and the region, could capitalise on booming Chinese tourism following his trip to China last week.
Cr Lynch returned from a three day agritourism conference in China on Tuesday.
"It was really good. I didn't know what to expect going over there. It was really beneficial," he said.
"There was a lot of interest [in the area]."
Cr Lynch was joined by Bombala Shire mayor Bob Stewart to attend the World Agritourism Development Forum in the Hunan province, located in the lower region of the Yangtze River.
They were invited by former Bombala resident Hugh Kater. Cr Lynch said he made a number of contacts which could lead to significant opportunities in the area that he will be following up.
"There was interest in getting a national airline to Canberra and interest in students coming here [to Cooma] to study," he said.
"I have to chase up some schools here to see if they are interested in taking part.
"Definitely good contacts were made and I am following it up."
The all expenses paid trip by the conference organisers, attracted ambassadors and mayors worldwide.
"We flew in to Beijing then flew another two hours to the Hunan province where we stayed with 200 delegates from all around the world," Cr Lynch said.
"There were representatives from Jamaica, Cuba, Italy and America.
"At the conference we presented our own story of what we hoped to achieve from it."
Cr Lynch is hoping Cooma, and the region, can attract Chinese tourism, which is expected to increase significantly over the next 10 years.
"It's quite interesting, there are currently 83 million outbound Chinese tourists. By 2020 it is expected to increase to 120 million," he said.