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Premier's Office
Ministry of Finance
Release Date:
Thursday, 20 October 2016 - 1:30pm

Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith OBE met with Vice Chairman Li Shihong and other senior members of the marketing and international cooperation departments of the China National Tourism Association (CNTA) today to familiarise the organisation with the British Virgin Islands (BVI) as a tourism destination.  This is in furtherance of the BVI’s efforts to receive "approved destination status" (ADS) in China which will enable the Territory to be marketed and sold for group travel through Chinese travel agents and tour operators. As part of the meeting, the BVI delegation shared a video that showcased the Territory, and they were pleased with the response of officials of the CNTA as they marveled at the Territory’s scenic natural beauty. The Vice Chairman noted that the application was well received and the CNTA stands ready to extend ADS and cooperation to the BVI. The CNTA expressed optimism for future partnerships with the jurisdiction and believes that BVI can become a destination of choice for Chinese visitors. (Photo Credit: Premier’s Office)