The hottest affinity program for chambers in 2014 is a trip to China. Currently, more than 1,000 chambers of commerce in the U.S.A., Canada and other countries are receiving a combined $6 million in non-dues revenue annually by participating in Citslinc’s China discovery trip, with combined interests of both business and tours.
In 2014, Citslinc charges chambers for the tour package at a net $1,999 or $2,099 per person and includes round trip airfare, land transportation, four and five-star hotel accommodations with three full meals daily, entry fees for all of the designated tourist attractions, an English-speaking guide on comfortable tour bus, a business conference, and all taxes. For each passenger a chamber recruits, Citslinc helps the chamber add up an additional handling charge $200 or $300 to the basic price.
And, the participating chambers are very satisfied with the trips, many times booking in multiple years with substantial growth in attendance and revenue. For instance, the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce in New York State took 450 passengers on its first trip in November of 2007 then 617 passengers on their second trip in March of 2008, and then 650 passengers on their third trip in November 2008. The chamber also signed up for the trips in 2009 and 2010. Up to today, Syracuse Chamber has already sent about 3,000 passengers to China with this program.
Amazing? The guy who does these is Leo Liu, one of the District Exporting Council members at Department of Comm