Far East Trip Lures Hong Kong To Miami
By Blanca Venegas
Stronger business relationships and an honorary reciprocal agreement between the Miami Association of Realtors and Singapore’s largest realtor association were among highlights of last month’s Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce first-ever trip to the Far East.
Fifteen people, including chamber members and non-members, traveled to Hong Kong and Singapore from April 3 to 13 to meet with both countries’ chambers of commerce, business organizations and various economic development boards.
According to Liane Ventura, senior vice president of leadership programs and international business at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, local business and professional organizations expressed strong interest in Miami as their small and medium-sized businesses look to enter the Latin American market.
"The trip was better than expected," Ms. Ventura said. "They are very open to working with the South Florida market."
The Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce "has already contacted me via email and they want to bring a mission here to see the potential that we have," she said.
Additionally, the Miami Association of Realtors — the largest local realtors group in the US — discussed and drafted an honorary reciprocal agreement with the Institute of Estate Agents, Singapore’s largest realtor association, during their visit that was approved by both organizations and is to be signed by both parties this month.
Dan Jacobson, shareholder with Akerman Senterfitt attorneys and trip attendee, said having the opportunity to meet with business people in both countries who have interest in expanding their businesses in South Florida or Latin America, as well as reaffirming relationships with affiliate law firms and network law firms, was the most important outcome for him.
"The Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce was really terrific," Mr. Jacobson said. "They brought high-profile business people to our meeting with them and, as a result, we are in discussion with opportunities that those Hong Kong businesses are looking to promote here in Florida."
"I reaffirm relationships in these trips with lawyers and law firms that I have either worked with or that my law firm has an affiliated relationship with," he said.
"I think that the highlight was that the delegation as a whole ended up having a very good rapport with each other," he added.
The Greater Miami Chamber will host the second Miami’s Asia Summit on June 21 at the Miami Downtown Hilton on 1601 Biscayne Blvd. This year’s focus will be Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and India.To read the entire issue of Miami Today online, subscribe to e-MIAMI TODAY, an exact digital replica of the printed edition.