China to Further Open Tourism Market
XIAMEN, September 11 -- The Chinese
government will further open tourism sector and
lessen restrictions on foreign travel agencies'
entry into the nation's huge tourism market,
according to a senior tourism official.
Wang Chaoyao, senior official with the National
Administration, said Monday at a tourism seminar
here that China will not only open its tourism
market, but also focus on advanced management
concepts, technologies and personnel from abroad.
To date, China has approved establishment of
eight Sino-foreign co-funded travel agencies, and
many international famous hotel management groups
are engaged in hotel management in China.
Statistics show that Chinese citizens made 10
departures to travel abroad in 2000, up 13.4 percent
from the year before, indicating that China has
become a major source of international tourists.
Wang said China's tourism industry is facing
opportunities as China is going to join the World
Organization and host the Olympic Games in 2008.
Last year, China received 83.44 million arrivals
of overseas tourists, raking in tourism revenues
totaling 16.2 billion US dollars, ranking fifth and
seventh respectively in the world.
China will become the world top country of
destination for international tourists and the
fourth largest country in terms of people traveling
abroad in 2020, according to the World Tourism Organization.
-- source: Xinhua News Agency
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