PM Rowley announced that once Chinese citizens hold either a United States or Canadian visa then they could also be eligible to travel to Trinidad and Tobago, with an estimation that some 120 million tourists travel annually from China.
PM Rowley and his delegation met with HNA Group Co. Ltd, a company that owns over 1,200 aircrafts, is a substantial shareholder in international hotel chains and boasts of being the largest tour operating company in China. HNA Group has been invited to establish code sharing and interline arrangements with Caribbean Airlines, as well as to submit a competitive bid to partner with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago on the Tobago Sandals project once the tender process is initiated. It is anticipated that this strategic partnership will allow Trinidad and Tobago to tap into the tourism market in China.
Chairman of Caribbean Airlines, Mr. Mohammed met with top executives of Air China, who also expressed interest in code sharing and interline arrangements with Caribbean Airlines. They are presently operating flights into Havana, Cuba and JFK New York.
The PM and his delegation also visited Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG) headquarters in Beijing where they are currently engaged in building the world’s largest airport, the new Beijing International Airport, in China. PM Rowley congratulated the company on this incredible project and indicated that the properties of Trinidad and Tobago’s asphalt render it the best quality asphalt for paving an airport tarmac. The Chairman of Lake Asphalt, Mr Christopher John Williams, delivered a presentation on the quality of T&T’s asphalt and also invited the company to partner with Lake Asphalt in developing and monetizing asphalt bi-products. The Chairman of BCEG has expressed interest in obtaining asphalt from T&T for the world’s largest airport in Beijing China.
Today- The PM has met with a group of young Chinese businessmen who represented a wide array of business ventures including investment financing, real estate development, artificial intelligence and manufacturing robotics, ICT and tours and travel. The PM thanked them for their interest in investing directly in Trinidad and Tobago and encouraged them to explore the opportunities available.
The PM and his delegation then visited the Yangshan Deepwater Port, the largest port in the world, that is operated by the Shanghai International Port Group Co. Ltd. and is located in Hangzhou Bay south of Shanghai, where he was given a guided tour of the facility.