Inland Province Invests Heavily in Tourism
LANZHOU, July 1 -- The inland province of Gansu,
northwest China, will pour 50 million yuan (6.024 million U.S.
dollars) annually into the construction of infrastructure
facilities serving tourism in the coming five years, local sources
The move is aimed at continuing to tap into local rich tourism
resources and promoting the further development of its tourism
The province has rich tourism resources and a group of them
have won fame both in China and overseas, such as the Dunhuang
Mogao Grottoes, Maiji Mountain and the Jiayu Pass section of the
Sources with the provincial tourism administration said the
province plans to build the Zhongchuan Airport, located in the
provincial capital Lanzhou, into an international airport, and
expand the Jiayu Pass and Qingyang airports and reform five
military airports into airfields for both military and civilian
Besides the airport expansion and highway construction, the
province will also strengthen the building of water and
electricity supply facilities, waste discharge and treatment and
the improvement of the environment in scenic spots, according to
This inland province has invested a total of over 800 million
yuan (96.38 million U.S. dollars) in the construction of
infrastructure facilities serving tourism in recent years,
according to statistics.
Statistics for the past five years show that the province
earned 6.494 billion yuan from domestic tourists and 157 million U.
S. dollars from overseas tourists, with an annual increase rate of
48.4 percent and 15 percent, respectively. In 2000, the province
received 7.32 million domestic tourists and 210,000 overseas
Gansu now has two outstanding state-named tourism cities, four
outstanding state-level historical and cultural cities, 23 relics
sites under state-level protection and a group of tourism resorts,
forest parks and nature reserves.
It is predicted that by 2015, the province's revenue from
tourism will reach 24.5 billion yuan (2.95 billion U.S. dollars).
-- source: Xinhua News Agency
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