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China's advanced planning sets example to world tourism

By Yao Chun (People's Daily Online)

18:11, April 11, 2013

Photo taken on April 10 shows David Scowsill, President & CEO of World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) at 2013 Global Summit. (People's Daily Online/Yao Chun)

Abu Dhabi, April 10 (People's Daily Online) – China's long term planning in infrastructure has not only benefited its tourism but also sets an example for the world, said David Scowsill, President & CEO of World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in an interview with People's Daily Online today.

"China has always grown its infrastructure such as the airports, the terminals, the hotels ahead of the growth curve of people wanting to use them," said David Scowsill. "The advanced planning and the focus of both central government and the provincial government on travelling tourism as a generator of jobs and growth have been fantastic."

Many years ago, Chinese government decided that the tourism could be one of its five key pillars for economic growth. Thanks to that long term strategic decision China has always grown its infrastructure.

For example,as Beijing has hundreds of million visitors every year and the Beijing Capital Airport is full, Beijing has started to build another one to be ready in five-year time to observe the next global growth.

"It shows the rest of the world how to plan long term," said David Scowsill. "So when I go around the world I talk about the Chinese government and Chinese tourism as a good example."

In one aspect, due to advanced planning, China's tourism is beginning to influence the world, for they advance planning of infrastructure in China for domestic and international business. Besides, the outbound market which is growing so fast is also significant for the world.

China is going to overtake the United States as the most important market both in inbound and outbound tours.

Many Chinese tourists choose to go to overseas destinations and the number will continue to grow. Chinese tourists can be really important for their economies. "With more people in hotels, more people travelling, more jobs are created in those countries," said David Scowsill.

Despite China's tourism's fast growth, David Scowsill also gives advice to its future development.

"Many Chinese cities except Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, etc. at the moment don't have international direct flights. In order to attract customers, those cities need to persuade the airlines to have none stop routes," said David Scowsill.

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