BRIEFLY

Chinese tourist arrivals drop

PALAU saw a 16 per cent drop in arrivals from China in the last quarter of 2017, presumably as a result of the Chinese government’s cancellation of the country’s approved destination status.

China instructed its tourist agencies in November to stop flights to Palau in protest over its diplomatic relations with Taiwan, reinforced by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s visit.

$92.1m from seasonal work

Tonga’s government says the country earns close to $F92.1 million every year from the seasonal workers program in Australia and New Zealand. The Minister of Internal Affairs ‘Akosita Lavulavu made the statement at the recent presentation for a program for former seasonal workers who were interested in starting businesses in Tonga.

Mrs Lavulavu told Radio Tonga the Ministry was willing to invest in similar programs to help seasonal workers living in communities in the outer islands as well.