Close of China Pacific Tourism

18 Nov, 2019

The China Pacific Tourism Year 2019 (CPTY2019) was officially closed on Friday, 15 October by the Hon. Luo Shugang, Minister of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

In his closing remarks, the Hon. Luo Shugang emphasized that the end of CPTY 2019, marks the beginning of a new chapter of continued tourism development and cooperation between China and Pacific Island countries (PICs).

Hon. Shugang acknowledged PICs as the special guests of honour at the China International Travel Mart 2019 (CITM), whose opening coincided with the close of the CPTY.

The Pacific delegation to the events included Hon. Sala Fata Pinati (Head of delegation), Minister of Tourism of Samoa, Hon. Akosita Lavulavu, Minister of Tourism of Tonga, Hon. Tai Tura, and Associate Minister of Tourism of the Cook Islands.

Fiji was represented by H.E. Manasa Tagicakibau, Fiji’s Ambassador to China. Other PICs that were represented by tourism officials include Niue, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia, Solomon Islands and Kiribati. The Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) was also in attendance.

Hon. Pinati acknowledged the importance of tourism in the Pacific and initiatives like CPTY 2019 which help enhance understanding of China as a key source market. Furthermore, he commended the strengthened relationships and cultural exchanges that had occurred under CPTY 2019 and welcomed further mutual development, awareness and cooperation between China and the Pacific.

The China Pacific Tourism Year was officially announced by President Xi Jinping at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Papua New Guinea in 2018 and was launched in April 2019 in Apia, Samoa.

The CPTY 2019 has been hailed a success by both China and the Pacific. Some of the key initiatives which have been completed under the CPTY 2019 banner include:

  • 1 April – Launch of CPTY 2019, Apia, Samoa
  • 25 June to 4 July – Tourism Human Resource Development and Training Programme, Guangdong, China. Attended by 23 delegates from 7 SPTO member countries
  • Mid-August – China Tourism Academy familiarisation trip to Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu
  • 21 to 29 October – China Media and Trade familiarisation trip to Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu
  • Closing ceremony of CPTY 2019 and CITM 2019, which was attended by 9 SPTO member countries, along with performers from the USP Oceania Dance Theatre and Pasifika Voices
  • Completion of an in-depth research titled “Strategic Planning for Cooperation and Development of Tourism Markets between China and Pacific Island Countries”, which will assist in cooperation and development initiatives

In addition to the above, to celebrate CPTY 2019, Caissa Corporation of China is organising a cruise visit of 2,000 Chinese cruise passengers to 10 SPTO member countries from the 18 November to 9 January 2020.

In turn, the Pacific has hosted several national celebrations to recognise and celebrate CPTY 2019, the last of which will be held in French Polynesia on 21 November 2019.

Fiji’s national events to celebrate the 2019 CPTY included the following:

  • Chinese Food Festival/Local Chef’s Training and Chinese Cultural Exchange Exhibition on 30 May 2019
  • A Fiji/China Tourism Symposium on 23 – 24 August 2019
  • China Familiarisation Tour in October 2019 and the last of which will be
  • A welcome reception and Christmas fair for the Caissa Pacific Cruise Group on 25 December 2019

SPTO CEO, Mr. Christopher Cocker also acknowledged the People’s Republic of China for their generous support and collaboration in making CPTY 2019 a great success.