31 December, 2009

Report on China International Travel Mart

Cabinet has approved the report on China International Travel Mart (CITM) international exhibition, which was held in KunmingChina, 19 - 22 November 2009.
The CITM exhibition is one of the biggest in terms of trade and business in Asia.   Its an opportunity for retailers to strike deals with business people and customers from Asia and the world over. The exhibition also focuses on traveling matters   and media.
As mentioned in the report a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Government of China and the Government of Samoa that qualifies Samoa to become an Approved Destination Status for the people of China. The idea is to   increase the number of Chinese tourists to visit Samoa.
Plans for the Air Pacific to fly the Hong Kong - Nadi route is on the way and this will be a very important step as:
  • Chinese people will fly directly to the Pacific;
  • Chinese citizens do not need visitor visas to enter Samoa;
  • An opportunity to promote Samoa and other countries on the Air Pacific route.

After the exhibition, the Samoa Tourism Authority Marketing Manager, Dwayne Bentley attended a meeting with the Electric Art to set promotional programmes for 2010.
SOURCE: Government Press Secretariat