Namibia wants to cooperate with Chinese aviation industry

16 Sep 2013 09:30
WINDHOEK, 16 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibia is looking into cooperating with China's aviation industry, Trade and Industry Minister Calle Schlettwein said recently.
In an interview with Nampa after his visit to the People's Republic of China last week, Schlettwein said they looked at Tianjin, located north of China, during the visit as a possible destination of cooperation in the aviation industry with Namibia.
“Tianjin has a large airport, and there are good possibilities of how the Namibian airline (Air Namibia) can link-up with Chinese airlines or airports, through which we can give effect to this initial status that we have already received from the Chinese Government of being a preferred tourist destination,” he enthused.
China and Namibia recently signed a bilateral agreement aimed at increasing the number of Chinese tourists visiting Namibia on an annual basis.
The United Nations’ World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) indicated earlier this year that China has, over the past decade, been the fastest-growing tourism source market in the world.
The volume of international trips by Chinese travellers grew from 10 million in 2000 to 83 million in 2012, and China became the biggest spender in the international tourism arena globally last year.
The Namibian delegation, led by Deputy Prime Minister Marco Hausiku, returned home on Friday.