The World Trade Center Atlanta will host a Chinese New Year celebration Jan. 31 to give the city’s business community the opportunity to celebrate existing ties and open up further dialogue with the Asian community.

Last year saw significant growth in Georgia-China business relationships, and 2008 will bring the opening of a Delta Air Lines Inc. flight to Shanghai and the establishment of a Georgia state office in Beijing.

Dex Shi, who is helping organize the celebration as a member of the center’s China Business Alliance Committee, said that multiple Asian communities celebrate the lunar new year, and all will be represented at the reception.

He expects attendance to be split equally between Atlanta’s Asian and international business communities.

“There’s a lot of celebrations in the Chinese community, but most Americans are not involved. That’s what’s unique about our celebration,” he said.

The event will feature Chinese food and door prizes including a business class ticket to any Delta destination, dinner for two at Silk Restaurant on Peachtree Street, lunch for two at the World Trade Center and a three-month membership to the center.

Tickets to the event are $25 for World Trade Center members and $35 for non-members.

To make reservations contact Lilia Postolachi at (404) 813-6672 or by email at; or reach Crystal Hall at

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