SF Mayor London Breed heading to China in April to promote tourism

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024
SF Mayor London Breed heading to China to promote tourism
San Francisco Mayor London Breed will leave for China on April 13 with reportedly the goal of strengthening relations and promoting tourism.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco Mayor London Breed is headed back to China.

Mayor Breed will travel to the country on April 13 to promote tourism.

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China is sending two giant pandas to the San Diego Zoo - the first time it has granted new panda loans to the United States in two decades.

According to ABC7 News media partner The SF Standard, Breed wants to strengthen relations with Shanghai and hopes to return with good news about pandas potentially coming to the San Francisco Zoo.

In 2023, the San Francisco Zoo was among the candidates to receive two giant pandas from China but lost out to San Diego.

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Chinese tourists have still not come back to the numbers SF saw prior to the pandemic. China was once San Francisco's top international market.

Chinese tourists spent more than $1 billion a year in San Francisco, pre-pandemic.

This will be Mayor Breed's second trip to China.

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