Du Jiang Meets with Mauritian Tourism Minister Gayan
On June 5 local time, Du Jiang, Vice Chairman of CNTA and head of the Chinese delegation, met with Gayan, Mauritian Tourism Minister during the period of visiting Mauritius. Both sides exchanged views on how to promote bilateral tourism exchanges and cooperation.
Mr. Du conveyed Chairman Li Jinzao’s greeting to Minister Gayan and expressed heartfelt thanks to the Mauritian side for its assistance for the Chinese delegation. He also introduced the development of China's tourism industry in recent years and expressed a real wish to share China's tourism development opportunities with Mauritius. Du pointed out that, economically, Mauritius is one of the most developed countries in Africa, with a per capita GDP of more than $ 9,000, and has abundant tourism resources and a complete tourist service reception system, representing a mature leisure destination. Chinese citizens outbound tourism is in the stage of rapid development, direct flight and visa waiver policies prompt more Chinese tourists to travel Mauritius. Du said that China and Mauritius are complementary in tourism, with huge cooperation potential, and China welcomes more Mauritian tourists to visit China and encourages more Chinese tourists to tour Mauritius. China is willing to work together with Mauritius to promote bilateral tourism exchanges and cooperation to a new level. Du invited Minister Gayan to lead a delegation to attend the 22nd UNWTO General Assembly held in Chengdu in September and 2017 China International Travel Mart in Kunming in October.
Mr. Gayan extended a warm welcome to the Chinese delegation and expressed a strong desire to strengthen bilateral tourism exchanges and cooperation. He said that thanks to direct flights from Mauritius to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and other Chinese cities and the convenient visa-free policy, Chinese travelers paid nearly 100,000 visits to Mauritius last year. At the same time, an increasing number of Mauritian citizens went to China for business travel or sightseeing. Mauritian tourism department attaches great importance to the Chinese market and will take a series of measures to attract more Chinese tourists, including improving the quality of tourism products and sending delegations to China for promotion and publicity of its tourism and for training designed to enhance its tourism reception this year.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Mauritius Li Li also attended the meeting. Present at the meeting were representatives from Zhejiang, Guangdong, Yunnan and other tourism administrative departments, those from China Tourism Association, China Tourism Group, GZL, HNA Tourism, Beijing Hospitality Institute and other institutions, and heads of CNTA Department of Tourism Promotion and International Liaison and China National Tourist Office in London.
In a visit to the Embassy of China in Mauritius, Du held talks with Bhujohory, Chairman of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA), and Ramkaloan, Director of MTPA, and exchanged views on tourism cooperation under the framework of the "Belt and Road” Initiative. The two sides shared their experience and practice in shaping and promoting the image of destinations, and expressed their willingness to provide active assistance to the other country in carrying out tourism promotion in their respective countries and work to boost the two-way tourism exchange.