Myrtle Beach Mayor, John Rhodes, and Horry County Council Chairman, Mark Lazarus, are in China for a 16 day trip for economical purposes.
This isn’t the first time the city has been involved in Chinese affairs.
In fact, Mayor Rhodes has visited the country at least half a dozen times in the past few years; he was there as recently as last October. But this is new ground for Horry County.
News 13 has reported before Chinese investors spent at least $50 million to purchase Grand Strand golf courses.
Rhodes has said in the past the Chinese market creates a lot of business opportunities for Myrtle Beach. He says Chinese investors can “own” the land here in Myrtle Beach, unlike in china were they can only lease it.
Rhodes says that opportunity gives them the ability to develop it the way they want.
The city previously invested tens of thousands of dollars into the Chinese market.
But city officials say this trip was at the request of China.
News 13 was able to get a copy of the travel agenda from the Chinese government sent to Rhodes.
It says during the 16 day trip, Lazarus and Rhodes will visit several different cities.
The agenda mentions the Chinese government wants to grow tourism and talk about land in the Myrtle Beach area, as well as grow Chinese culture through the Chamber of Commerce.
News 13 reached out to officials with the city of Myrtle Beach, Horry County, the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation for more detailed information on the trip, but we were told not many details are available because it was set up through china.
Rhodes and Lazarus are expected to return next week on February 5th.
Officials say more information will be available on their trip then.