Tourist exchange between China, Japan, S Korea to reach 17 million

11:18, August 24, 2010      

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Thanks to the efforts to promote tourism between China, Japan and South Korea, the number of visitors exchanged between the three East Asian countries is expected to reach up to 17 million by the end of this year.

According to senior officials from the Fifth Tourism Ministerial Conference of China, Japan and South Korea held in Hangzhou city, a famous tourism city in east China’s Zhejiang Province, the number of Japanese and Korean visitors to mainland China rose to around 2.2 million and 2.4 million, representing a 23.4 percent and 27 percent year-on-year growth, respectively.

Meanwhile, the number of Chinese visitors to Japan and South Korea as the first destination reached up to about 1.2 million and 1 million, respectively, during the corresponding period.

The ministerial conference passed a joint statement that will drive further cooperation between the three East Asian countries to continually develop tourism as a part of their overall national economic and social development strategies, strengthen tourism exchanges and develop cooperation mechanisms to address global environmental issues.

The statement also calls on the countries to aspire to a goal of an annual exchange of 26 million visitors among the three countries by 2015 to promote economic and social development. The aim is also to make a positive contribution to friendly nongovernmental exchanges in East Asian regions.

By Li Mu, People's Daily Online


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