Chicago sets up new tourism of­fice in Chengdu

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS / DIGEST -

The US city of Chicago will set up a tourism of­fice in Chengdu in south­west China’s Sichuan Prov­ince next year to en­cour­age more Chi­nese tourists to visit the largest city in the Amer­i­can Mid­west, a vis­it­ing tourism of­fi­cial said on Mon­day. The Chengdu of­fice will be the fourth of its kind in China, with of­fices al­ready in Bei­jing, Shang­hai and Guangzhou, ac­cord­ing to Don Welsh, head of the Chicago Con­ven­tion & Tourism Bu­reau. It also will be the 11th over­seas of­fice for the bu­reau, said Welsh, who was vis­it­ing Bei­jing on Mon­day. The num­ber of Chi­nese tourists to Chicago reached 120,000 in 2012. China was among the top three sources of over­seas tourists to Chicago, he said.

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