Her­itage part of tourism ex­change

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By ZHANG RUINAN in New York ru­inanzhang@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

The “2017 Beau­ti­ful China-Jour­ney along the World Her­itage” pro­mo­tional event kicked off on Thurs­day in New York, open­ing a win­dow for the US and world to China’s world her­itage sites and pro­mot­ing co­op­er­a­tion between the China and US travel in­dus­try.

Hosted by the China Na­tional Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion, a del­e­ga­tion from tourism bu­reaus of 18 prov­inces and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in China ex­hib­ited pop­u­lar tourist sites, as well as China’s world her­itage sites to par­tic­i­pants.

“With a huge tourist mar­ket in place, China and the US en­joy great com­ple­men­tar­ity in tourist re­sources, a solid foun­da­tion for co­op­er­a­tion and great prospects for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment,” said Wang Xiaofeng, vice-chair­man of China Na­tional Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion, who at­tended the event.

Wang said last year that the two-way flow of vis­i­tors between China and the US ex­ceeded 5 mil­lion. Each year, about 2 mil­lion Amer­i­cans travel to China. And China re­mains the world’s big­gest tourist source mar­ket and fourth most vis­ited des­ti­na­tion.

“With the suc­cess­ful host­ing of 2016 China-US Tourism Year, China-US tourism ex­change has main­tained sound mo­men­tum,” said Wang. “The in­creas­ingly closer tourism ex­changes between China and the US have en­hanced the peo­ple-to-peo­ple bonds, built up our friend­ship and brought tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits.”

Wang said tourism is the most ba­sic and the most ef­fec­tive area in state-to-state re­la­tions.

“Tourism is a very im­por­tant part of the China and US re­la­tion­ship,” said Zhang Qiyue, con­sulate gen­eral of China in New York. “Tourism and travel busi­nesses are an in­dus­try, but it’s re­ally an in­dus­try of peo­ple, for the peo­ple and by the peo­ple as well, so the peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­change is the strong cor­ner­stone for any state-to-state re­la­tion­ship.”

“Since the be­gin­ning of this year, China-US re­la­tions have re­tained a pos­i­tive mo­men­tum,” Zhang added. “Pres­i­dent Xi and Pres­i­dent Trump have al­ready met twice this year, and Pres­i­dent Trump is go­ing to China next month.”

Zhang also men­tioned that China and the US have set up four-di­a­logue mech­a­nisms, one of which is called so­cial and peo­ple-to-peo­ple di­a­logue, which was launched ear­lier and con­cluded on the Sept 28.

Tourism is one of more than 130 out­comes con­cluded in the China-US So­cial and Peo­ple-toPeo­ple Di­a­logue.

“We have an op­por­tu­nity and the obli­ga­tion to ex­pose US ci­ti­zens to China and Chi­nese ci­ti­zens to Amer­ica be­cause that sin­gle-hand­edly can change the fab­ric of this world,” said Terry Dale, pres­i­dent of the US Tour Op­er­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion.

“By shar­ing our cul­tures, by pro­vid­ing greater un­der­stand­ing between our peo­ple, that’s where peace hap­pens.”

Be­sides the 52 UNESCO nat­u­ral and cul­tural her­itage sites in China, Chi­nese tra­di­tional pa­per cut­ting and cal­lig­ra­phy demon­stra­tions and rib­bon danc­ing, as well as Chi­nese opera per­for­mances, were also pre­sented to par­tic­i­pants.

The event was the largest travel pro­mo­tion event between China and US this year, Wang said.

“By host­ing this event, we hope to in­tro­duce China’s world her­itage sites to Amer­i­can tourists and pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to deepen China-US tourism co­op­er­a­tion.”

The next stop for the del­e­ga­tion is San Fran­cisco.

PHO­TOS BY ZHANG RUINAN / CHINA DAILY

Wang Xiaofeng, vice-chair­man of China Na­tional Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion (cen­ter), and Zhang Qiyue (third from left), China’s con­sul gen­eral in New York, at­tend the Beau­ti­ful China-World Her­itage Tourism pro­mo­tion event hosted by the CNTA on Thurs­day in New York.

Dancers per­form a tra­di­tional Chi­nese rib­bon dance, wow­ing the au­di­ence at the “Beau­ti­ful China - World Her­itage Tourism Pro­mo­tion Event” on Thurs­day in New York.

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