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Visa-free access to be wider

TWELVE Oceania countries are planning visa-free policies for all Chinese tourists, a top official of the South Pacific Tourism Organization said yesterday at the Expo Honor Day it shared with the Pacific Islands Forum.

The countries include the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, all member countries of the tourism organization which also includes China.

So far, Chinese people can visit Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu without a visa but the policy will extend to all members soon, said Ilisoni Vuidreketi, chief executive of the tourism group.

Pacific performers staged dances with a strong island flavor at the Expo Center yesterday morning to celebrate the Honor Day of the organizations. Miss South Pacific winners of 2009 and 2010 greeted visitors to the pavilion.

The 12 countries and two organizations are hosting exhibits at the 8,100-square-meter Pacific joint pavilion.

Visitors are encouraged to talk with representatives of each country, said Forum spokesman Sam Savou.


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