Wang Yang Stresses Promoting Quality Development of the Tourism Industry
On January 31, Wang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Premier of the State Council presided over the fifth plenary session of the inter-ministerial meeting of the State Council for tourism in Beijing. (Photo by Wang Ye, Xinhua News Agency)
Wang Yang stressed at the inter-ministerial meeting of the State Council for tourism that efforts should be made to promote quality development of the tourism industry.
Beijing, January 31 (Xinhua) Wang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Premier of the State Council, presided over the inter-ministerial meeting of the State Council for tourism in Beijing. He emphasized that it is important to all-roundly implement the guiding principles of the 19th National Congress of the CPC and uphold Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era; we should closely follow the change in the major contradictions of our country, vigorously propel the tourism industry to foster strengths and deliver more benefits, to pursue transformation and upgrading, and to ultimately seek quality development. In this way, we endeavor to build a strategic pillar industry of the national economy and a comprehensive industry highly relevant to people’s wellbeing.
Wang Yang pointed out that since the 18th National Congress of the CPC, the Chinese tourism industry has made historic achievements through reform under the firm leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Xi Jinping at the core. In 2017 every Chinese person made 3.7 trips on average; China ranked first in the world in terms of the number of outbound tourists; and the tourism’s comprehensive contribution rate to national economy and job creation exceeded 10%. In a word, the tourism industry enjoys an increasingly prominent status as a strategic pillar industry of the country.
Wang Yang emphasized that Chinese tourism embraces a golden period of development and meanwhile faces increasing problems, and particularly the problems of imbalanced and inadequate development. In this context, we should stick to innovative development, deepen the supply-side structural reform, develop holistic tourism destinations, and, via reform, boost the quality, efficiency of the tourism industry and nurture the driving force to that end. We should adhere to coordinated development, improve the development pattern of the tourism industry, push ahead a new round of toilet revolution on a firm footing, and facilitate the development of the rural areas and balanced development of the region. We should persist in green development and always uphold the notion that lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets to achieve both ecological and economic benefits at the same time. We should continue to take an open stance, deepen international tourism cooperation centering on the Belt and Road Initiative, do a good job in holding the Year of Tourism in relevant countries and actively participate in global tourism governance so as to achieve mutual benefit and win-win outcomes. We will continue with shared development, stick to the people-first approach to build an inclusive tourism development mechanism for all, and rectify the tourism market order, with a view of highlighting the importance of the tourism industry to people’s wellbeing.
Wang Yang noted since another tourism peak season is approaching along with the Spring Festival, it is essential to prioritize tourism safety and it is necessary to clarify the responsibilities of the local government, tourism companies and supervision authorities to forestall any grave tourism safety accident.