Chinese company record booking for the
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.
The Perfect China company flew 3000 of its best staffers to Sydney and booked the BridgeClimb from Saturday to Tuesday.
The booking is the largest in the BridgeClimb's 15-year history and is expected to inject millions of tourism dollars into the economy.
Climb leader Alex Cheng said the operation was running at "full capacity."
Tourism Research Australia estimates that more than 383,000 Chinese people have visited New South Wales in the past year and spent more than $1.3 billion.
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Peter Bannister, Sine Iactvra PL
How long has your business been in Haymarket? As a Haymarket resident, I have been a public servant for nearly 50 years, foreign advisor for the Ministry of Finance in Peking, China and I have since established a small company advising government and its agencies on government economics and public finance.
Could you indicate what makes your business competitive in your industry and local area? I can work from almost anywhere and I provide a niche offering based on my concentrated experience and specialties. My recent client was the Western Australian Treasury in Perth.
What changes have you observed in the local area and business community during this time? Yes, big and small. As an example, I watched the emergence of the A4 Art Gallery and the contributions of businesses like those which have definitely enriched our district relevantly in new directions, beyond the traditional areas. Some large firms have successfully established themselves here too so I hope they join HCC too.
Itâ€™s not just your direct suppliers and customers that count but the whole setting makes a contribution, too. For example the links between the three big engines of economic growth here are the Entertainment Centre, the entire disaggregated food, entertainment and cultural services. which all work complimentary AND also reinforce the myriad of other important businesses, such as mine It is a complete little world.
Why do you think the Haymarket Chamber attracts so many members? It offers a good network base, and itâ€™s relevant (as I said before) to the need of every business to connect to all the others in a network of mutual support.
Could you describe Haymarket in three words? Now, thatâ€™s a real test of succinctness. Iâ€™d say â€“ exotic, businesslike, and â€¦ respectful.
What do you see as happening in 2013-14? OK ! Mu views are that the big picture outlook is still gloomy and genuine recovery may be some time off globally and also for Australia to whom, because we are a trading nation, the difficulties of other countries are eventually and inevitably transmitted. That doesnâ€™t mean we should be fearful, but our plans need to be that much more refined than they needed to be when times were buoyant.
I think the current private developer and government local plans also need to be reviewed and in fact the plans for Darling Harbour South are being reviewed right now by the Department of Planning.
The current big scale redevelopment plans in our district are not meticulous and donâ€™t favour us at all. Apart from the high additional costs of an unmanageable future transport and traffic environment, there are serious distributional effects and a social dimension unique to the district thatâ€™s not assessed in the current Environmental Impact Statements at all.
As I mentioned, the main local economic engines in the Haymarket district are the highly successful Entertainment Centre (which current plans will replace with a residential over development) and the Central Chinatown Precinct, both of which mutually attract the majority of trade into the areaâ€™s local economy, and each of which is reliant on the other, like no other â€œcoupleâ€ (in the sense of the word as a pair of coordinated, parallel forces cooperatively reinforcing one another) about which local economic success turns.
At worst, the proposed plans could economically effect Chinatown through the.prolonged staged construction period which can essentially effect Chinese businesses with the disruption from construction which will cut off Chinatown from Darling Harbour and after the residential over development is completed there will be a a far off Theatre which is to replace our current far more versatile Entertainment Centre.
The area could become like an abandoned QVB site as seen years ago. Such an effect would be even worse if the current economic and fiscal difficulties continue and the Darling Harbour Live project were to be completed much later than expected and an abandoned site (like the Anthony Horden Site in the 1990s in George Street) lingered, incomplete.
Nor were risk analyses of these sorts of scenarios presented in the Environmental Impact Statement but are normally routine in the preparation of government projects to be offered for Public Private Partnership delivery where a private sector party bids to assume certain risks that he manages better than government.
The construction plans which ironically, I expect, may be financed by investors tapping foreign Chinese savings could isolate an existing, prosperous local Chinese business community, that Sydney can ill afford to lose, behind an elite private residential development barrier on public land otherwise intended (but by then, no longer used) for recreational and public purposes. It could build an insurmountable social wall, and not create a bridge of any kind.
So, yes. Incomplete plans in the Haymarket district and areas surrounding it are both a challenge and an opportunity for us. How weâ€™ll go, depends on how we respond.
Favourite place in Chinatown? The peace of my own home â€“ in the very heart of Chinatown. the exquisite beauty of the Garden of Friendship, which sadly the adjoining high rise development so close by, will diminish. The Chinese Garden of Friendship, a condensed compendium of bonsai plant art (which also figuratively â€œweighsâ€ the value its specimens) is an extraordinary little gem in a generally mundane, public tourist park. It is actually comparable with often far larger, exquisite Chinese parks from Peking to East Lake in Wuhan.
Any advice to other businesses? Since Iâ€™ve been a bit heavy today, let me show you a charming photo I took in Wu Chang during a Golden Week break from an assignment for the Ministry of Finance in Peking a few years ago. It expresses the genuine commercial spirit of business in China today (and I guess always) and I feel our fair trading government regulators with their hundreds of pages of laws, can do no better than take this hint.
The sign says â€œThis is a fair market. Do not cheat children or old peopleâ€. And so, I say : Long live common sense â€“ trade fairly and give value.
What is one of your favourite quotes?
Yes itâ€™s a general one, but in light of what I said before about the uncertainty of what the immediate future holds for us all in the Haymarket, almost a warning â€“ â€œWithout preparation, there can be no initiativeâ€.