All roads lead to China

All roads lead to china

Image: Brisbane Marketing CEO John Aitken and Councillor Julian Simmonds visiting the Asian powerhouse. (L-R)

9 March 2015 

China continues to be a key focus for the city, with Brisbane Marketing CEO John Aitken and Councillor Julian Simmonds visiting the Asian powerhouse during the past fortnight.

The city personally invited a range of Chinese civic and business leaders to join an anticipated 1000 delegates from the Asia Pacific region at the prestigious 10th Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors’ Forum (APCS) this year.

Councillor Simmonds particularly encouraged business leaders with an interest in city management to participate in the Brisbane Summit.

APCS will be held in Brisbane from 5 to 8 July 2015 and offer world class speakers, a stimulating and topical program focussing on global, digital and future cities and an opportunity to develop strategic partnerships.

Chinese media executive S Y Lau, from the world’s fourth-largest internet company Tencent Media, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker along with prominent international leaders Lord Sebastian Coe and Randi Zuckerberg.

Brisbane City Council established the biennial event in 1996 and since then more than 8,000 delegates from 400 cities have participated.

The China mission also included several successful media briefings in Shanghai and Beijing where the upcoming Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors Forum was showcased to a large number of key media partners.

Brisbane Marketing worked with the Lord Mayor’s Administration Office and our own representatives in market to set up the briefings.

It follows a trip by Lord Mayor Councillor Graham Quirk last September when he led a senior delegation to Shanghai ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit and met with Executive Vice-Mayor of Shanghai Tu Guangshao, to extend a personal invitation to APCS.

Some of the New World City issues to be covered at the Summit include:

  • Global cities – cultivating cities of talent, creativity and innovation.
  • Future cities – developing cities and smart communities
  • Digital cities – the science and technology behind cities
  • Cities for people – clean, green, accessible and inclusive cities.

For more information on the Asia Pacific Cities Summit, visit

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