Published on : Friday, May 20, 2016
Premier Li Keqiang made the remarks at the opening ceremony of the First World Conference on Tourism Development at the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing on Thursday.
According to the premier, the tourism industry directly contributed 4.9 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015 and directly employed nearly 28 million people.
He added that China would promote the integration of tourism development and the “Internet Plus” strategies and achieve synergized development of primary, secondary and tertiary industries.
Li said tourism would help China foster a new driving force for development, achieve entrepreneurship and innovation, reduce poverty and enhance friendship with other countries.
China will treat tourism as an important area for promoting structural reform, especially supply-side structural reform and economic development. China will open the tourist market to non-governmental capital, deepen co-operation with foreign capital, strengthen hardware construction and market supervision, Li said.
China will make tourism development conducive to environmental and ecological protection, and co-ordinate ecological protection and economic development.