Vanuatu Signs Strategic Cooperation Framework With Chinese Tourism Group

PM Salwai notes 'long-term development partnership'

By Jane Joshua

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, March 2, 2017) – Prime Minister Charlot Salwai signed a strategic cooperation framework with the HNA Tourism Group of China, yesterday.

The Prime minister hailed this as another milestone in the development of relations between China and Vanuatu.

“The signing of the strategic cooperation framework with the Hainan HNA Tourism Group not only marks the beginning of a long-term development partnership between the Government and the HNA group but it is also the answer to the call by the leaders of the two nations to expand cooperation in the fields of Tourism, Trade and investment on the basis of mutual benefit,” said PM Salwai.

The HNA tourism Group is a well-established corporate entity in China with a high reputation in the tourism industry.

It is ranked amongst the 6th top tourism group in China, specializing in corporate tourism industry and business development.

The cooperation framework set the basis for the government to cooperate with the group, to boost tourism investment in Vanuatu and promote Vanuatu as a touristic destination.

“As reflected in statistic, we have witnessed an increase in the number of tourists from China who visited Vanuatu every year, with an estimated annual growth of 4%,” said the Prime minister.

“In 2016, the number of tourists from China continued to rise with the recent visit of the cruise ship and the increase of flights.

“Through the cooperation with HNA Tourism, we hope we can further develop our tourism resources and improve the infrastructure, to provide a more comfortable tourism experience for the Chinese tourists.”

2017 marks the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vanuatu and China.

PM Salwai is confident the signing of the strategic framework will open the door for greater economic opportunities and inspire other sectors in China to invest in Vanuatu.

He conveyed his appreciation to the chairman of the HNA Tourist group and its members for their interest in working in partnership with the Vanuatu government to further develop the Tourism Industry.

“I look forward to working with the HNA Tourism Group in implementing the different aspects of the MOU on aviation and tourism,” he concluded.

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