Signs are going up in Chinese in the international terminal at O’Hare Airport. U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) says his office came up with the idea. He says there’s money to be made in making O’Hare friendly to travelers from China, because Chinese visitors are spenders, and investors.
“Remember, the average Chinese visitor to the U.S., they spend $750 a day. Making sure that we build that relationship with the potentially friendliest airport in North America to the Chinese visitor, then it’s a real chance for us to get corporate headquarters here in Illinois,” he said.
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Kirk says a staffer in his Washington office is working on the translations for the signs, trying to avoid awkward translations. Kirk believes that advertisers will cover the cost of the airport signs, so as not to squeeze the airport budget.