China to Promote Tourism in US
BEIJING, June 4 -- The China National Tourism
Administration (CNTA) said Sunday that hundreds of people from
China's tourism circles will hold promotion activities in the
eastern part of the United States.
"The promotion, starting June 15 and lasting for two weeks,
will consist of several big vans touring eight cities while
introducing to the public China's history and culture, as well as
its soaring modern economy," said Zhu Shanzhong, deputy director
of CNTA's Marketing and Communications Department.
During that period, senior CNTA officials will visit their
counterparts at the U.S. Tourism Association to discuss further
Sino-U.S. tourism cooperation. Several Chinese backbone tourism
enterprises will also have talks with American companies.
In addition, the CNN television company will interview CNTA
officials. And the media of eight cities, including Chicago, New
York and Miami, will cover related events. Both the New York Times
and Leaders will carry special reports on Chinese tourism.
In 2000, some 896,200 Americans visited China, up 21.7 percent
compared with the previous year. So far, the American market ranks
fourth in the number of overseas tourists traveling to China,
according to the latest survey.
Zhu said that tourism will help the Chinese and American
peoples enhance their mutual understanding, and thus promote
economic and trade exchanges.
-- source: xinhuanet
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