UNWTO Head praises achievements of China’s tourism

Published on : Thursday, May 18, 2017

UNWTOPraising the achievements of China’s tourism in recent years, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai said Chinese tourism played a vital role in travelling abroad.


He made the comments while speaking to China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) Chairman Li Jinzao. Rifai attended the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and thereafter visited CNTA and held an in-depth talk with CNTA Chairman Li Jinzao.


“I met with Taleb Rifai for the first time two and a half year ago, feeling like old friends. In March 2015, I led a delegation to visit the head office of UNWTO in Spain for the first time and signed with him the 2015-2017 Plan on Cooperation between CNTA and UNWTO. After that, we deepened our cooperation and jointly held the First Tourism Ministerial Meeting of Countries along the Silk Road Economic Belt and China International Tourism Forum and so on so as to make discussions on tourism cooperation, and have now achieved fruitful results. Thanks to Taleb Rifai’s trust and support, we succeeded in our bid for the 22nd general meeting of UNWTO in Medellin, Colombia.” said Li Jinzao.


Taleb Rifai considered that China’s tourism industry is growing at a high speed and has attracted great attention from other countries.


Taleb Rifai said, “I made friends with Chairman Li Jinzao since our first meeting, and I fully felt the efforts made by CNTA for promoting the tourism industry in my work contacts with him. I attach great importance to the great efforts made by China’s tourism sector in the aspects of all-for-one tourism, tourism plus and sustainable development of tourism. CNTA thought highly of details, for example, it launched the campaign of “Toilet Revolution”, which has a bearing on raising the comfort level of every tourist.”


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