Chinese Government Donates 200,000 Fiji Dollars to Help the South Pacific Region for Tourism Recovery


On October 13th, the Chinese government donated 200,000 Fiji dollars to the South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) for post-COVID-19 tourism recovery in the South Pacific Island Countries. Meanwhile, the Chinese government has paid 200,000 US dollars for the new annual membership fee of the organization. Mr. Chiristopher Cocker, CEO of the South Pacific Tourism Organization conveyed his gratitude to H.E. Mr. Qian Bo, Chinese Ambassador to Fiji for China's continuous support.

China is an important market for tourism growth in the region given the number and spending power of Chinese tourists. There is great potential for the tourism cooperation between China and the Pacific island countries which attract a total of 2.1 million visitors each year. And an estimated 125,000 plus Chinese visitors visited the Pacific region.

Thanks to the effective control of the COVID-19, Chinese people made almost 700 million domestic trips to visit families and friends during the Chinese National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival two weeks ago. Such short-term mass transit is unimaginable in many other places in the world, which shows China's confidence in containing the pandemic.

Ambassdor Qian said that on Oct. 9th, China and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, signed an agreement, officially joining COVAX. This is an important step China has taken to uphold the concept of a shared community of health for all and to honor its commitment to turn COVID-19 vaccines into a global public good. China continues to focus on ensuring that developing countries have equal access to appropriate, safe and effective vaccines. China will closely cooperate with the WHO and COVAX and contribute to people's safety and health all around the world.