Left to right: Nick Masino, senior vice president of economic development, Gwinnett Chamber; Yuanchang Huang, executive vice president for TravelSky; Charlotte Nash, chairman of Gwinnett County board of commissioners; Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. 

A Chinese travel and tourism company is to open a research and development center in Duluth, Gov. Nathan Deal announced on Aug. 27 while visiting Qingdao, China.

TravelSky Technology Ltd. is to invest $10 million in the center and create 50 jobs, according to a new release from the governor’s office.

According to the release, TravelSky is the primary provider of information technology solutions to China’s air travel and tourism industries and its aviation IT services are delivered to Chinese commercial airlines and more than 290 foreign and regional commercial airlines.

The release also said that it currently has more than 4,000 employees, 12 branches, 21 subsidiaries and nine affiliated companies with customers including 147 domestic airports and 7,000 ticket agencies.

Mr. Deal, who is leading a business mission in China to explore investment, trade and tourism opportunities on behalf of the state, announced the investment following a meeting with Yuanchang Huang, TravelSky’s executive vice president, in Qingdao.

He said that the company is seeking space in Gwinnett County for an 8,000-square-foot center for software development. The company is to hire its employees and open the new office by the end of December.

“The Chinese civil aviation industry constantly looks for more effective IT solutions to meet new operational, customer service and high-standing industry requirements,” Mr. Huang said in a statement. “By bringing together resources, expertise and talent from the state of Georgia, we expect to deliver exceptional IT services and expand into the global markets of the travel industry.”

Stella Xu, a project manager with the Georgia Economic Developers Association Inc., assisted TravelSky on behalf of the state and its partner the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, contact Stephanie Mayfield by email at smayfield@georgia.gov