China Expecting 90 Million Overseas Arrivals This Year

China expects 90 million arrivals this year, sources with the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) said Tuesday at the annual tourism conference in Bo'ao, Hainan Province.

He Guangwei, CNTA director said tourism is expected to bring in18.5 billion U.S. dollars this year. The overall revenue from domestic and overseas tourists will be 535 billion yuan, 8 percentabove last year.

He said Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan will contribute 85 percent to the total number of arrivals,

He said the CNTA will enhance the network management of travel agencies this year, particularly during the holidays around the National Day, the May Day and the Spring Festival.

China Eyes Neighborhood Nations for Tourism Promotion
China will intensify tourism promotion in its neighboring countries this year,according to He Guangwei.

"This year marks the 30th year of the normalization of Sino-Japanese relations. The CNTA and the Japanese tourism administration will jointly carry out the promotion," said He.

The CNTA will organize a tourism friendship exchange group to visit different regions of Japan this May.

In addition, delegations from both sides will gather in Beijingto plant friendship trees at the foot of the Great Wall.

He said, this year also marks the 10th year of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the Republic of Korea (ROK), and China expects more tourists from the ROK.

He said the commencement of flights between China and India this year will also help bring more Indian tourists to China.

China has so far signed over 20 bilateral tourism agreements with foreign countries, many of which are with neighboring countries.

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