The ‘back garden’ of Australia and New Zealand, Vanuatu with its 83 islands and natural white sandy beaches, has been repeatedly rated as the world’s happiest country with tremendous natural and cultural tourism resources.

A Strategic Cooperation Agreement, recently signed between HNA Tourism Group and the Republic of Vanuatu, should put this island nation on the global tourism map. Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu, Charlot Salwai, and the director of Hainan Airlines Group Board of Directors, Hainan Airlines Travel Industry chairman and CEO Xin D, signed the agreement, announcing their cooperation on tourism and aviation resources.

Prime Minister Salwai says, “In recent years, the number of Chinese tourists to Vanuatu has risen year after year; the annual growth rate has maintained at four per cent. Through cooperation we hope to further develop the tourism resources of Vanuatu and improve the infrastructure. The year 2017 marks the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vanuatu and China and we also hope that we can, through this initiative, further deepen the Vanuatu – China friendship.”