East Timor at Beijing Fair seeking tourism investments

21 June 2007

Beijing, China, 21 June – East Timor is taking part in the Beijing International Tourism Exposition (Bite) to attract investors, Timor’s ambassador to China, Olímpio Miranda Branco said in Beijing Wednesday.

The Beijing International Tourist Exposition (Bite) is on in the Chinese capital from June 21 to 23 and will bring together around 800 exhibitors from 80 countries, including Chinese and international tour operators and destinations.

East Timor, Brazil and Cape Verde are the only Portuguese-speaking countries taking part in the exposition, but while the Brazilians and Cape Verdeans are hoping to attract Chinese tourists, East Timor aims to attract investment to the sector.

“We want to show what East Timor has that is good and possible to develop the sector in the country, particularly in terms of investment in infrastructures,” said Miranda Branco speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa.

“In the pavilion were are going to show the culture, the history, the landscape, the beaches, everything that makes East Timor a tourist destination with a lot of potential, and which can attract investors to the sector,” the ambassador said. (macauhub)