Drumheller should look to the east -- the far east -- when it wants to expand business for local industries like tourism. That suggestion comes from Frank Hadfield.
The president of Dinosaur Valley Studios in East Coulee just got back from a week long trade mission to China with the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA).
"The two cities we were in had almost double the population of all of Canada," Hadfield recalled. "Shanghai alone has 25 million people and Guangzhou, the other city we were in, has 22 million; Guangdon Province, that Guangzhou is in, has 80 million people in it."
Dinosaur Valley designs and makes movie sets and props along with their initial business, museum quality fossil reconstructions, and Hadfield was able to visit natural history museums and talk to paleontologists in both cities.
"Drumheller has, in the dinosaur world anyway, it has a world renowned pedigree," he stated. "It was kind of neat when you're in a city of 25 million and they've heard of the little town of Drumheller."
"China is emerging and becoming more western all the time," added Hadfield. "There's a lot of aspects of China that they're a few steps ahead of us in and a few that they're a few steps behind, but it's just huge potential for business there."