A BUSINESS event is being held to explore how South Yorkshire-born Christian missionary James Hudson Taylor’s links to China could create tourism and economic opportunities for the area.
Taylor left his hometown of Barnsley for Asia almost 170 years ago.
Now, Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce and the James Hudson Taylor Trust have teamed up to host the free business event.
It will be held at The Civic, Barnsley on Monday, between 2pm and 4pm.
Mr Taylor first visited China in 1854 – and today more than 70 million Chinese Christians boast Barnsley as their spiritual home, with many expressing their intention to visit the town, along with an estimated further 30 million people elsewhere in the world.
The business event will see a range of speakers, expert in areas of Chinese culture, language, business ethics and education, discuss the effects upon both the town and the businesses within it.
Andrew Denniff, executive director of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, said: “Monday’s event will consider issues such as what an influx of overseas visitors would create for Barnsley and how the town and its businesses can trade with China.
“The event is free and there is no need to book in advance, so we look forward to discussing the exciting possibilities which James Hudson Taylor’s association with Barnsley could create for the town and its economy with as many businesses as possible.”