China Stages Tourism Promotion Party in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, June 19 -- A "China Night - Philadelphia
" party featuring travel presentations, trade shows with Chinese
art performances, was held Tuesday night in downtown Philadelphia
by an 88-member Chinese travel delegation.
The first of three special gatherings for travel agencies
between the two countries, hosted by the Chinese delegation, was
attended by Zhang Hongxi, Chinese consul-general in New York and
Nancy Morgan, executive assistant to the office of mayor in
"China and the United States have many fields for cooperation,
including tourism," said Zhang. "On behalf of the Chinese
government, I warmly welcome more American tourists to China, and
also hope the Americans to open their door for the Chinese
Recalling her tour in China years ago, Morgan said: "I still
have great memories for my experience in China, maybe 11 or 12
days. It's not what you read in books. I could keep talking for
half an hour, but to spare your time, I just say that their
generosity is unbelievable and sincere."
The delegation, the largest and most comprehensive one ever in
China's tourism history with travel agencies from 14 provinces,
municipalities and autonomous regions, is staging a Road-Show at
the East Coast of the United States, to promote China as an ideal
destination for the Americans to plan their vacations and business
trips in the new century.
The special promotion event is being conducted under the theme
of "China - 2001 and the New Century" with a fleet of four big
coaches decorated with pictures of Chinese scenery and historic
relics, together with cultural performances by Chinese artists.
The Chinese tourism administration said some 900,000 Americans
visited China last year, an increase of 21.7 percent from the
figure in 1999.
-- source: Xinhua News Agency
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