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Updated: 2022-06-09 08:17 ( China Daily )
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The upcoming Jurassic World Dominionfeatures 27 individual dinosaurs, with 10 not seen in any of the previous Jurassic films. The Hollywood sci-fi sequel will help boost the recovery of the domestic cinema market.[Photo provided to China Daily]

New Jurassic movie, set for Friday release, expected to boost audience numbers, Xu Fan reports.

With the combined number of operating or reopening cinemas in China rising from less than 50 percent in April to over 75 percent as of Wednesday, the country's struggling movie market is seeing a glimmer of hope.

Widely considered a booster to rekindle the enthusiasm of domestic theatergoers, Jurassic World Dominion is scheduled to be released in Chinese mainland theaters on Friday to coincide with the movie's debut in the United States.

The Hollywood movie marks the finale and the sixth installment of the dinosaur-centric franchise created by filmmaker Steven Spielberg around 30 years ago, with the old trilogy titled Jurassic Park (1993-2001) and the new reboot Jurassic World (2015 until now).

Taking place four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, the fictional island where the genetically engineered dinosaurs are kept for the franchise's theme park, the latest outing finds the surviving dinosaurs now roam all over the world, forcing the major characters to join hands to re-establish the balance between nature and humans.

Recently, the film's stars-actors Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum and actress Bryce Dallas Howard-alongside the director Colin Trevorrow attended an online news conference to share their insights and unforgettable moments while making the new movie, one of Hollywood's first major studio tentpoles to go back into production after the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a global shutdown in early 2020.

During the shooting of the movie, all cast members were housed in one hotel with stringent virus-control protocols, which included taking nucleic acid tests three times a week. Despite being a bit unusual, the shooting gave the creators more time to exchange views and conduct rehearsals and intensify the storytelling.

"I hadn't seen my family for four months, a very long time," says Trevorrow.

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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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