Liam Gets Dream Job as a New Ambassador for Hangzhou
HANGZHOU, China, May 22, 2014 /CNW/ - A global search has led to one
lucky recruit landing his dream job and becoming the Modern Marco Polo.
After a worldwide campaign, 26-year-old Swiss young man Liam Bates is
named the Modern Marco Polo as the ambassador for the city of Hangzhou
in China, which was described as 'the most beautiful and magnificent
city in the world' by Marco Polo, one of the first European visitors to
Hangzhou in the 13th century.
It is the first time that a global recruitment campaign held to find a
foreign ambassador for a Chinese city. The "Be the Modern Marco Polo"
program was launched on Hangzhou Tourism Commission's Facebook page in
March 2013 and subsequently attracted 26,000 applications.
"We are delighted to appoint Liam to the role. We have no doubt that he
will be an excellent representative for Hangzhou over the coming year."
Mr. Zhao Hongzhong, spokesperson for the Hangzhou Tourism Commission
said, "Our city is an ideal destination for tourists and we believe
Liam can tell the world about what Chinese culture has to offer."
Originally from Switzerland, Liam comes from a multinational background,
with a British father and an American mother. He studied at the
University of British Columbia in Canada and visited China at 17. Now
he lives in Beijing, hosting travel shows on Chinese television and
presenting at universities.
As the Modern Marco Polo, Liam is looking forward to his first adventure
in Hangzhou. "It's great news. I'm really excited and look forward to
learning more about Hangzhou and telling the world about the many
attractions of both the city and Chinese culture. I think one of the
fascinating things about Marco Polo was his bridging of two cultures,
teaching the East and West about each other. It's a privilege to be
able to follow in his footsteps and act as a 21st century source of
information about China."
Liam is offered Euro 40,000 and he will spend a year promoting Hangzhou
on social media. He will start a personal 19-day tour around the city
and surrounding area, including a four-day trip along the Grand Canal
running from Hangzhou to Beijing, as well as activities based on tea,
silk, traditional medicine and the art of seal carving.
For more information:
'Be the Modern Marco Polo Experience': http://www.facebook.com/Hangzhou.China
Multimedia News Release (MNR) Link:
SOURCE: Hangzhou Tourism Commission
For further information:
Ms. Li Chen