A Chinese information technology company is planning to invest $10 million to open a research and development center in metro Atlanta, state officials announced Tuesday.

Gov. Nathan Deal was in Qingdao, China, when he announced that Beijing-based TravelSky Technology Limited is planning to open a facility in Duluth by the end of 2013 and create 50 new jobs. Deal is in China this week on a networking trip aimed at boosting Georgia's profile in the trade and tourism arenas.

"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 said in a release.

"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," Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Cummiskey said in a statement. "Each of these factors makes Georgia a logical site for TravelSky's North American expansion."

The company provides information technology support to companies in the air travel and tourism industries, state economic development officials say. TravelSky Technology Limited provides help with airport passenger processing, air cargo data processing and more.

"The Chinese civil aviation industry constantly looks for more effective IT solutions to meet new operational, customer service and high-standing industry requirements," Executive Vice President of TravelSky Yuanchang 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 travel industry."

TravelSky employs more than 4,000 people in 12 branches. Its clients include 30 domestic airlines, 200 regional and international airlines, 147 domestic airports and 7,000 ticket agencies, officials said.