Published on : Wednesday, June 20, 2018
368 delegates from 34 countries have come in Jiayuguan, northwest China’s Gansu Province for the 8th Dunhuang Tour-Silk Road International Tourism Festival. The festival aims to boost the local tourism and to fortify tourism cooperation with the countries along the Belt and Road Initiative.
55 activities and events related to culture, sports, business and education are expected to be launched across Gansu Province, in order to create a unique travel experience for every single tourist from both home and abroad.
Tang Renjian, the deputy secretary of the CPC Gansu Provincial Committee and governor of Gansu said “In 2017, Gansu Province received 239 million domestic and foreign tourists, and gained tourism revenue of 158 billion Yuan. The added value of local tourism accounted for seven percent of the province’s total GDP, which led to employment of 670,000 people.”
Du Jiang from China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism spoke at the opening ceremony, stressing that the Gansu government has seized major opportunities in the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative.
Du said, “A series of tourism exchange and cooperation activities have been carried out with fruitful and remarkable results. We have witnessed how China has emerged as a leader of the world tourism.” Marcelo Rios, the director of communications at the UNWTO also joined the grand opening ceremony.
The 8th Dunhuang International Tourism Festival serves as a platform to connect tourism from both China and abroad, to carry forward the promotion of the culture and tourism of Gansu Province, expand exchanges and cooperation, and build the Belt and Road Initiative into a road of mutual benefit and win-win cooperation.