A DELEGATION of up to 100 people from China’s aged care industry will visit the northern suburbs in September for an international conference at Joondalup Resort.
The inaugural conference from September 12 to 14 is titled Innovation: Solutions for an Ageing Population.
It is a collaboration between Shanghai Science and Technology Service Centre for Ageing, Bethanie, Australian Medical Association (WA), ECU Aus Global Exchange and the City of Joondalup.
The conference is the result of a trade delegation the City of Joondalup sent to China last year to investigate opportunities in the aged care sector.
To be held bi-annually, alternating between Shanghai and Joondalup, it will facilitate networking and business opportunities with events including keynote speakers from Canada, China and California.
During the conference, a Chinese television crew will film around Joondalup and promote aged tourism into China to a potential audience of 680 million.
Mayor Albert Jacob said 248 million people in China would be aged 60 and above by 2020 and the demographic was one of the fastest growing tourism markets in the world.
“The formation of this relationship will open up a world of possibilities in aged tourism for the City of Joondalup,” he said.
“Most of the conference delegates will spend a week to 10 days in our City and inject over $400,000 into the local economy.”