CTDA China Trade Mission
January 2nd, 2008

January-February 2008

I am very excited to launch my presidency of CTDA this year with the introduction of the Trade Mission to China. The 2008 CTDA Trade Mission to China will be a fantastic opportunity for North American tile distributors to meet with Chinese ceramic tile and stone manufacturers. We will be the honored guests for the grand opening of the new China Ceramics Industry Headquarters in Foshan, China. This facility, five times bigger than the original China Ceramic City, will house amazing tile showrooms and warehousing operations. We’ll see ceramic tile and stone factories and visit with the leaders of some of the world’s largest ceramic companies.

In addition to all this valuable work, we will take five days to see many of the beautiful and fascinating sights of China. Our sightseeing will take place in Shanghai and Beijing and includes the great wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Beijing acrobats and a river cruise through downtown Shanghai. We’ll see the venues for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and get in on some fantastic shopping. The trip will take place June 18-29.
The CTDA Trade Mission to Turkey in 2006 was an incredible experience. Since then we have been working on plans for this next big trip. Our Turkish hosts treated us like royalty and I have no doubt that our hosts in China will do the same. I had the privilege of attending a preliminary Trade Mission in Foshan, China this past September. On that trip I experienced wonderful food, dazzling entertainment and hospitality beyond measure.

All expenses during the business portion of the trade mission will be provided by China Ceramic City and a group of Chinese Tile manufacturers. With some additional group rates on travel, lodging and tours the trip is sure to be an exceptional value. Many companies have already signed up. All CTDA members qualify to attend. Contact CTDA at 630-545-9415 for more information.

2007 CTDA Management Conference
Last November’s management conference in Dana Point, California was a roaring success by all measures. We had a strong turnout of distributors and suppliers and I know everyone enjoyed catching up, comparing notes and making new acquaintances.

The speakers were very informative and educational. I think we had as good a lineup of seminars and discussions as I’ve ever experienced at a Management Conference. Henry Winkler was definitely a highlight as our Saturday night keynote speaker. He was a gracious visitor to all before dinner and his talk was as fun and entertaining as it was inspirational.

Our resort was beautiful and being on the southern California coast was a lot of fun if not always as warm as we expected. Now we get to look forward to the 2008 conference next November in Puerto Rico!

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