Delegation to travel to Belleville’s ‘sister city’ in South Korea this week

Gunpo, South Korea – Photo via City of Belleville

A delegation from Belleville will be travelling to South Korea this week to pay a visit to Gunpo, which is known as Belleville’s “sister city.”

Making the trip will be Mayor Neil Ellis, alongside Councillors Chris Malette and Kathryn Brown, City Clerk and Director of Corporate Services Matt MacDonald, Manager of Council Services & Communications Sarah Tummon-Button, Investment Attraction Officer Elisha Maguire, delegation ambassadors Cindy and Simon Kang, Belleville Chamber of Commerce President Dale Hoard, and media representative Lorne Brooker (CJBQ).

The group will leave Wednesday for this week-long trip. A delegation from Gunpo visited Belleville last year on a similar exchange.

“We are so proud of the long-standing sister city relationship we have with Gunpo,” stated Mayor Neil Ellis in a media release. “Over the years, we have seen several partnerships form through these delegations and we are hopeful that this year’s trip will result in further connections and insight that we can bring back to Belleville. On behalf of the city, I would like to thank our hosts in advance for this opportunity. We look forward to reconnecting after hosting last year’s delegation.”

During the visit, the delegation will engage in various events and activities, including an official welcoming ceremony in the City of Gunpo, participation in the annual Azalea Festival, a tour of the Hyundai plant, as well as visits to several municipal facilities.

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