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World-class tourist destinations satisfy both residents, visitors: Experts

Updated: 2021-12-01 14:53 ( chinadaily.com.cn )
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Experts discuss the development of world-class tourist destinations during the 2021 China Cultural and Tourist Industries Summit held in Beijing on Tuesday. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Experts gathered at the 2021 China Cultural and Tourist Industries Summit in Beijing on Tuesday to discuss the development of world-class tourist destinations.

According to Jia Yunfeng, an expert of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the ultimate goal of a world-class tourist destination is to create a unique local life for people living there, which means making local people live a satisfying life, and at the same time making newcomers get accustomed to local life easily. "Only by making local residents happy can we make travelers satisfied," said Jia.

On that basis, he proposed eight standards for building a world-class tourist destination, including world-class planning, international brand building and pluralistic market structure.

Lin Jiabin, a researcher with the Development Research Center of the State Council, shared his view on the development of the cultural tourist industry. He believes the industry is becoming more and more important and "requires people to understand new trends, opportunities and challenges so that we can give full play to its role in the economy."

Taoyuan Forest International Tourism Resort was launched during the summit. As a major project in the Yangtze River Delta region, the resort will become a tourist destination combining sightseeing, spa, study trips, farmland entertainment, sports and adventure, and water parks.

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The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

The 2022 China International Travel Mart was launched in Kunming, Yunnan province today. The three-day event opened at the Kunming Dianchi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a theme focusing on smart innovation and high-quality tourism industry aspects.

The news conference was held in the city on Thursday. Zhang Xilong, first class inspector of the Bureau of the International Communication and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and Lou Kewei, deputy-director of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Yunnan province presented the meeting along with academy and entrepreneur representatives.

The conference introduced the preparations and relevant activities of the mart, such as a forum on smart tourism and innovation, a symposium on international travel communication and cooperation in the framework of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a workshop on the China-Laos railway’s contribution to building an Asian community with a shared future.

According to the news meeting, the 2022 travel mart covers about 80,000 square meters, with about 4,200 standard booths. 71 countries and regions attended the event both online and offline, and 31 domestic provinces, cities and autonomous regions and 261 independent exhibition teams.

Online services will be provided to the overseas buyers and sellers in the light of time zones. They could also have a face-to-face negotiation at the mart as well.

The mart also has diverse displays to show culture and tourism, physical education and tourism, as well as overseas tourism and museums.

The National Cultural Heritage Administration, the Palace Museum and museums from other provinces will attend the travel mart.

At the event, Yunnan province will have 2,000 standard booths in four separate sections; each will show culture tourism, healthy lifestyles, physical education tourism and culture tourism consumption.

The travel mart will also stick to the rules of pandemic prevention and control while having the activities go on smoothly.

The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]
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