Yinchuan Stages China-Arab States Tour Operators Conference 2017
On September 4, China-Arab States Tour Operators Conference 2017, co-organized by CNTA, the Ministry of Tourism of Egypt and the People’s Government Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, was held in Yinchuan, the capital city of Ningxia. The opening ceremony, chaired by deputy secretary general Xue Gang of Ningxia government, attracted the attendance of CNTA deputy chairman Du Jiang, deputy chairman Wang Heshan of Ningxia government, and deputy head Adel El-Masry of the Tourism Authority of Egypt.
Du remarked that, “The tourism industry has become a major engine behind global economic growth. To vigorously develop tourism is a decision made by the Chinese government to adapt to the new normal of social and economic development, facilitate economic transformation and development, and realize people’s wellness. In 2016, the Chinese tourism industry contributed to over 10% of the GDP and employment, and generated 4.69 trillion yuan of income, equivalent to 680 billion US dollars. Meanwhile, Chinese outbound tourists – 122 million of them in total imn that year – accounted for over 10% of the total of international tourists worldwide and spent over 10% of international travel expenditure made worldwide too. China is still the world’s biggest source of outbound tourists and the 4th biggest destination of inbound tourists.”
He added, “Ningxia boasts rich tourism resources. It was a key stop on the ancient Silk Road, is home to the biggest Hui population in China, and plays a unique role in Sino-Arab communication and cooperation. We should take this opportunity to communicate with and learn from each other, and deepen cooperation to boost tourism prosperity in China and Arab states.”
The opening ceremony gathered over 200 delegates representing tourism authorities and tour operators, scholars, experts and journalists from 21 overseas countries and regions including Egypt, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as 14 Chinese provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the central government) including Ningxia, Shanghai, Henan, Shaanxi, and Gansu. It’s learnt that during the conference, participants will introduce their tourism resources, discuss tourism cooperation, two-way visits of tourists and investment projects, sign project contracts, and visit travel routes and project sites.