Published on : Tuesday, September 12, 2017
To quote Dr. Taleb Rifai, secretary-general of the UNWTO, “China is one of the best examples of how tourism can be prioritized to show its potential, with themes such as rural poverty reduction.” The UNWTO is holding its 22nd General Assembly in Chengdu, Sichuan province, this week, and it is the second time the biennial meeting has been held in China. The meeting will end on Saturday.
Major topics being discussed in the meeting include smart tourism, tourism and sustainable development, and the Belt and Road Initiative and tourism cooperation. The World Tourism Alliance will be set up during the meeting for deepening tourism cooperation among members and facilitating sustainable development of the industry worldwide.
China has been the top scorer among tourism spending, and is the fourth-most-visited country. It also has the largest domestic tourism market, with 4.4 billion trips inside China and tourism income reaching $600 billion last year.
China’s tourism revenue now accounts for 11 percent of the national economy.
Rifai added that more than 1,000 participants, including 74 minister-level officials, from 130 countries and regions are attending the meeting.
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