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Chinese info-tech company opening R&D office in Ga.
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DULUTH — State officials have announced that a Chinese information technology company is planning to open a research and development center in metro Atlanta.

Gov. Nathan Deal was in Qingdao, China, on Tuesday when he announced that TravelSky Technology Limited is planning to invest $10 million to open a facility in Duluth by the end of 2013 and create 50 new jobs.

Officials said the company is based in Beijing and provides information technology support to China’s air travel and tourism industries.

Officials said the company provides help with airport passenger processing, air cargo data processing and more.

Deal is in China this week on a networking trip aimed at boosting Georgia’s profile in the trade and tourism arenas.

“Georgia is absolutely the right place for innovative technology companies like TravelSky to grow and find success,” Deal said in a news release. “We have a longstanding commitment to cultivating technology growth in the state and an arsenal of resources to make it happen, including a highly-educated workforce and access to top-notch university research.”

Deal announced TravelSky’s investment following a meeting with company Executive Vice President Yuanchang Huang in Qingdao. The company is seeking space in Gwinnett County for an 8,000-square-foot center for software development.

In 2012, TravelSky was named in the top 200 highest performing companies with revenues of less than $1 billion. The company has more than 4,000 employees, 12 branches, 21 subsidiaries and nine affiliated companies.

“We are pleased to welcome TravelSky to Gwinnett County. Our community is committed to establishing the county as a leading hub of technology and global business, and our work is paying off,” said Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash.

“Georgia has one of the most efficient airports in the world, a booming technology community, and a tourism industry that is a key economic driver,” said Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development Chris Cummiskey. “Each of these factors makes Georgia a logical site for TravelSky’s North American expansion.”