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Sister City Delegations from Japan and China for Festival of Sail

Sister City Delegations from Japan and China for Festival of Sail


June 14, 2017



Anita Gallagher, Office of Mayor Marilyn Strickland, anita.gallagher@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5156


Tacoma Welcomes Sister City Delegations from Japan and China for Festival of Sail


Tacoma, Wash. – Mayor Marilyn Strickland will serve as master of ceremonies for the Global Engagement and State of Trade luncheon on June 16, 2017 at the Hotel Murano. The event will be hosted in partnership with the World Trade Center and the Sister Cities Council, and feature a panel of dignitaries from Tacoma’s sister cities Fuzhou, China and Kitakyushu, Japan. The visiting delegations will be in Tacoma for the Festival of Sail. 

“Tacoma is an international waterfront city that benefits from our strong sister city relationships,” said Strickland. “The Festival of Sail is a unique opportunity to highlight what makes Tacoma special and allow our sister city delegations to experience our maritime heritage. The global forum will be a great venue to discuss common goals and share ideas about education, the arts, trade and environmental stewardship." 

“I have had the opportunity to represent the city of Tacoma on missions to Fuzhou to strengthen our sister city relationship,” said Council Member Joe Lonergan. “It has been a great honor for me to assist in that effort, and I’m pleased that both Fuzhou and Kitakyushu accepted our invitation to come to the Festival of Sail. I look forward to welcoming them to Tacoma.”

While in Tacoma, the visiting dignitaries will attend the Festival of Sail and other sightseeing activities, and have a rare opportunity to spend time with the local Sister Cities volunteer committees. Tacoma has held sister city relationships with Fuzhou since 1994 and Kitakyushu since 1959. The Sister Cities Council aims to enhance international communication, acquaint citizens of Tacoma with the world’s cultural and political diversity, and encourage international trade and tourism.