“President Xi said his Government will promote Papua New Guinea as a tourist destination and this is a sound endorsement,” said Mr O’Neill
PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says his country can expect an influx of tourists from China after historic talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.
The leaders signed a much-anticipated air services agreement that will pave the way for direct flights between the two countries.
“President Xi said his Government will promote Papua New Guinea as a tourist destination and this is a sound endorsement,” said Mr O’Neill. “There were more than 100 million outbound visits from China last year, and to capture even a slight fraction of that market would be a great boost to our tourism industry.”
“Talks will be ongoing in relation to technical issues that make Papua New Guinea an even more attractive destination for Chinese travellers,” said the Prime Minister.
President Xi will visit PNG himself in 2018, after confirming his attendance at the APEC leaders’ summit.
“There is a busy schedule of events around the time of our Summit, including ASEAN and G20 summits, so I thank President Xi for his commitment,” said Mr O’Neill.
China has had an increasing interest in Papua New Guinea, particularly in mining.