25 Oct 2005

Taiwan fails in bid to join SPTO

2:44 pm on 25 October 2005

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation has rejected Taiwan's bid to become a member of the group.

A communiqué from the council of Ministers of Tourism stated that the members have decided that Taiwan should remain outside of SPTO's membership.

Pacific tourism ministers urged China to support countries that recognise the One-China Policy to be considered and grant Approved Destination Status.

Reports say the Chinese government lobbied hard to keep Taiwan out of the SPTO.

China has approved Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands as destination for Chinese tourists.

Meanwhile, the National newspaper reports China has committed to assist SPTO with an additional funding of 100,000 US dollars annually for the next five years.