PHOENIX (Reuters) – The Philippines is about to see its first ever Chinese-owned restaurant and grill and a Vietnamese restaurant and food festival.
It is opening the first restaurant and seafood market in the United States, according to Reuters.
The event is being held in Phoenix’s Chinatown and will be open to the public.
It will be the first joint venture between the Philippines and the United State since a joint venture was created in 2008 by the Chinese-American Chinese- American Association, which owns the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino.
The deal will allow the Philippines to expand its market and also help promote the tourism industry, the association said in a statement.
The association has been running a joint marketing campaign for the event with the theme “A new chapter in Philippine food.”
It hopes the event will boost the Philippine economy by bringing people back to their traditional food traditions.
The event is expected to draw some 2,000 people and will include live music and a number of food and beverage vendors.
The Philippines, home to some 3 million Chinese, is a destination for Chinese tourists, who have flocked to the Philippines from mainland China and the southern island of Luzon in recent years.
The Chinese population has increased to more than 7 million, nearly one-third of the total population of the Philippines.
(Reporting by Karen Nguyen; Editing by Steve Gorman)