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Plans To Attract Chinese Visitors To Town Are Underway

Wednesday July 3 2013

Mary Lui Mary Lui

PLANS have been announced to lure Chinese visitors to the town.

Creating a multicultural centre and student accommodation could be the first steps in attracting huge numbers of Chinese visitors to Barnsley, the president of the Chamber of Commerce has said.

Owen Gleadall said plans to turn the former TEC building and Gateway Plaza 2 into student accommodation and Wellington House into a cultural centre would be beneficial to the town economically and financially.

One of the first Chinese tourists to visit Barnsley, Mary Lui, is looking to bring potential investors from China to Barnsley to help get the developments underway.

She enjoyed a three-week holiday in Barnsley in May where she viewed the properties before taking information back to China. She will return to Barnsley next month.

Owen said: "I said to her we've got this huge town centre development plan on the drawing board but it's not been funded and whether it's something that investors might be interested in.

"When she got back to China she spoke to them about how they can be involved."

Owen said there are links with Barnsley College and Chinese students coming to Barnsley, but he was concerned there would be nowhere for them to live.

He said the aim was to get more links with China and the investors would be making a financial stake in the town.

"I think it would be fantastic. It seems to me that a lot of the economic development has slowed because of a lack of money.

"Do we have any real objection to it being Chinese money when we have got links to China anyway?"

Mary attended a meeting with Owen and other interested parties before she left and also met with Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis, who voiced his support.

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Reply Posted by shellshocked on Wednesday July 3 2013 at 20:43
Its about time they thought about doing something for the people of barnsley before they start importing tourists. What is there in barnsley for a tourist to see apart from pubs charity shops and smackheads. Its a joke just going to be more money wasted that the taxpayer will have to pay for.

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Wednesday July 3 2013 at 21:20
Oh dear, you really can't see the benefit of attracting the one of the worlds largest populations with 'new money' to an area where the guy that took Christianity to them was born??? I take it you don't have your own business or you would clearly see the opportunity thay exists - it just needs nurturing correctly.BTW Cannon Hall, Wentworth Castle, the surrounding countryside to start with aren't bad attractions - I don't think they're coming to shop.

Reply Posted by gyesty mcguest on Wednesday July 3 2013 at 21:28
Gateway plaza getting another bailout from public purse cronieism

Reply Posted by craig on Thursday July 11 2013 at 19:44
no thanks, send them to rotherham because they seem to be quite multicultural.
leave barnsley alone.

Reply Posted by Brian on Friday July 12 2013 at 19:05
No more immigrants, we have enough thank you very much.

Reply Posted by Kai-Lan on Saturday April 5 2014 at 13:52
Barnsley is now fast becoming a town known for ignorance,racism and uneducated people.You've probably never traveled the WORLD,let alone come to understand that if the investors and foreigners who work for everything they own.The one's not on any sort of benefit's.If all these people pulled out of the Britain, would you and those just like you be able to keep this country going?? And would the rest of the world want to do business with the likes of people like you!! I don't think so.Your tunnel vision keeps you from any sort of growth. It's unfortunate that a large number of people like you leave a bitter taste in one's mouth about Barnsley.

Reply Posted by James Hudson Taylor Fan on Friday October 4 2013 at 04:03
All of you sceptics saying this is bad this is fantastic for our local Econemy the guy they are coming to vist for the memorial is James Hudson Taylor and he has a following if over 70 MILLION most of which want to visit to pay homage but to buy trinkets because to these people Barnsley is like Mekka is to Muslims we should welcome them with open arms because at the end of the day it's our town whom will benefit. If you want to know more just contact Dennis who works on Barnsley interchange he is setting up a business to commemarate this chap and he wants to re invest in Barnsley.