Vanuatu woos Chinese tourists, investors


Vanuatu has turned on its charm offensive on China. <!--more-->

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Though it has had ongoing business relations with the country, especially after a permanent outpost established some time back in Hong Kong, the country is now wooing more investors and tourists.

George Bogiri, the country’s Director General of Internal Affairs, who is on a visit to Hong Kong and China this week, promoted Vanuatu’s “zero tax” status to woo investors. He also spoke about the country having been voted twice as the world’s happiest country to attract Chinese tourists. At present, less than 500 Chinese tourists visit Vanuatu despite Chinese visitors driving international tourism growth in other parts of the world.

Saying the Vanuatu Government needs to correct that situation, Mr Bogiri said that negotiations between Vanuatu and the Chinese Government on establishing direct airlinks were ongoing.

Bill Bani, Chairman of Vanuatu Financial Services Commission has said his Government planned to attract Chinese individuals and companies through the “PR Visa Program” to visit Vanuatu to consider investing in the financial sector and hospitality.