Prime Minister Charlot Salwai wants to see direct flights from China and Chinese tourists coming to Vanuatu.
Prime minister Salwai conveyed this to the Deputy Minister of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Guo Zezhou when he made a courtesy call to the PM last Saturday.
PM Salwai told the CPC Deputy Minister that tourism sector and agriculture sectors are crucial for the economic development of Vanuatu.
He said that the current coalition government wants to see more Chinese tourists in Vanuatu and for that reason his government is looking for long-haul international airport to cater direct flights from China to Vanuatu.
“During my term as prime minister, I want to see more tourists from China visiting our country,” he said.
“I want to advance the relationship in tourism between the two countries. The Vanuatu government has already secured the land so we can commence with direct flights between Vanuatu and China.”
Mr. Salwai wants China to assist in developing tourism, civil aviation, agriculture and roads in the islands to which Mr. Guo said that it is his first visit to Vanuatu and he is convinced that beauty of this country and its people will attract Chinese tourists.
“The CPC wishes to contribute to the ruling coalition government by donating a grant of 500,000 yuan,” he said. “This will be delivered by the Chinese Ambassador.”
Mr Guo agreed that Vanuatu and China should facilitate flights between the two countries and wished PM Salwai success in the implementation of the 100 Days Plan.