Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an agreement with three Southland hospitals and an airline in Guangzhou — the first stop on his 12-day trade mission to Asia — aimed at promoting Los Angeles’ health-care industry to Chinese medical patients, the mayor’s office announced Monday.
The agreement, which was signed by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, City of Hope and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, is designed to attract more Chinese people to travel to Los Angeles for medical treatment and surgical procedures.
“Our strategy to attract foreign patients stems from the fact that L.A. is home to some of the world’s greatest health-care providers, and the health- care sector is one of our leading employers,” Garcetti said.
Garcetti also inked an agreement with the mayors of Guangzhou and Auckland, New Zealand, to exchange ideas around trade, entertainment, tourism and innovation.
Garcetti was scheduled to be in Shenzhen today, before heading to Shanghai and Beijing for the remainder of the China leg of his trip. The mayor will also visit the South Korean capital of Seoul and Tokyo, Japan before his trip ends Nov. 26.
— City News Service
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