The Noblesville Chamber of Commerce is doing something unique this year.
From Oct. 6 to 14, the chamber will take a group of at least 30 local residents on a trip to China. Chamber President Bob DuBois said there has been lots of interest.
“This is our first time venturing into offering travel experiences for members of our community,” DuBois said. “We chose China specifically because we wanted to offer an international destination that had some connection to central Indiana from the economic sense. In China, there’s a number of central Indiana businesses doing business in that area. This is a sightseeing trip (and) a chance to see a very different culture and experience all the wonders of a destination they probably wouldn’t visit on their own.”
The trip costs $2,399, not including the required $155 travel visa, or a $39 tip for the tour guide. The cost is based on double-occupancy rooms, and will rise by $500 if a single-occupancy room is desired. The price includes roundtrip airfare from Chicago; airfare within China; a nine-day stay at various four- and five-star hotels; three meals each day; English-speaking guides; bus tours; and entrances to all attractions.
DuBois said many residents have shown interest. Although the trip doesn’t have a maximum amount of people required for the trip, a minimum of is 30 required. DuBois said he doesn’t think there will be any issue filling space.
The trip isn’t limited to Noblesville residents. DuBois said Florida residents have already signed up because they have friends in Noblesville who are going on the trip.
An informational open house will be at 7 p.m. March 1 at the chamber offices, 1 Library Plaza.
The trip must be paid in full by July 15. A $300 deposit is required upon registration. For more, visit noblesvillechamber.com.