China to boost south Pacific tourism
Seven island nations of the south Pacific, presently receiving grants from China, will have a representative tourist office in Beijing. Among them there are Fiji, Samoa and Tonga and the bureau will be managed by the South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO), the organization committed to boosting travels in the area. The news has been announced by Ilisoni Vuidreketi, SPTO chief executive officer.
In most of the south Pacific islands, tourism is the pillar industry and many island countries see the potential of attracting Chinese visitors that, in 2012, were 70,000. The seven island nations have received ADS (Approved Destination Status) from the Chinese government, grants assigned by Beijing following bilateral tourism agreement focused on group travels. Du Jiang, deputy director of the China National Tourism Administration, said: Â«We hope to launch more direct routes to the region, in order to provide more convenience for visitors. We encourage Chinese companies to invest in the island nations and help develop tourismÂ».