Tourism administration: China to lead tourism industry in five years

16:09, May 19, 2011      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

On the occasion of the Global Travel and Tourism Conference (WTTC), China has drawn great attention. The tourism industry in China has impressed the whole world, and China will be among the top tourism nations within the next five years, said Zhu Shanzhong, director general of the Chinese National Tourism Administration.

WTTC's 11th Global Travel and Tourism Summit kicked off in Las Vegas on the night of May 17. Today, a roundtable discussion on "new global trends" drew hundreds of participants, including influential politicians and businessmen.

During the talk, a number of issues related to China have been raised and evoked heated debates, such as China's economic growth, infrastructure construction in China, the Chinese middle-classes, tourism investment in China and the RMB exchange rate.

Ray LaHood, the U.S. transportation secretary, said he is impressed with the high-speed systems in Europe and Asia, and the United States is working hard to catch up.

Roger Dow, president and chief executive of the U.S. Travel Association, said in these years, with an increase in the middle-class population, outbound travel in China is growing at a huge pace, driving tourism development in the United States and even the world.

Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, said in order to spur tourism, the Obama administration has tightened visa regulations for Chinese and Brazilian citizens. Last year, China was one of the two countries that experienced the fastest growth in the number of tourists to the United States.

In his keynote speech, Zhu Shanzhong said tourism has been raised to the level of a national development strategy in China. Last year, China's tourism industry was revived, generating total revenue of 241.5 billion U.S. dollars, a year-on-year increase of 21.7 percent.

In the next five years, the pace of tourism in China will be further accelerated, with tourism revenue totaling 354 billion dollars. During this period, the number of airports will be increased to more than 230, and the mileage of high-speed rail track will grow to 40,000 kilometers.

Zhu said in an interview that every speaker at the summit mentioned China today, which means that China’s tourism development has impressed the world. Last year, China's tourism revenue was the third biggest in the world, and China will further advance as one of the greatest tourism nations within the next five years, Zhu believes.

By People's Daily Online
 
 
     
 
BRICS Leaders Meeting 2011
 
Japan in aftershocks
 
     
 
 
 
  Weekly review  
 
May 12   No winners in U.S. hi-tech export controls
 
May 12   China should view livelihood issues from strategic perspective
May 11   Syria will not be another Libya
May 06   Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway to launch 10-day trial run
May 14   The week in pictures
May 11   2000-year-old wine unearthed in Henan province
May 11   Scientist: China plans to build lunar research base
May 09   Apple employee, customer reach settlement after Beijing iPad brawl
May 12   Wenchuan Reconstruction: 'Chinese miracle' impresses world
May 12   No winners in U.S. hi-tech export controls
 
     
 
 


(Editor:石希)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • 3rd Anniversary Of Wenchuan Earthquake
  • Third China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Layton sworn in as first Opposition leader for NDP
  • TEPCO workers enter Fukushima nuke power reactor building
  • British Queen addresses Irish dignitaries at state banquet
  • Chiang Kai-Shek worshipped at Taiwanese temple
  • Thousands gather at Weylandt's funeral
Hot Forum Dicussion