Chengdu’s ap­peal as go-to des­ti­na­tion rises

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS -

Chengdu, one of the most im­por­tant ci­ties in western China, is in­creas­ingly seen as the top choice for ma­jor event or­ga­niz­ers for its con­ve­nient avi­a­tion links, sound en­vi­ron­ment and fa­cil­i­ties, as well as its abun­dant tourism re­sources.

Taleb Ri­fai, out­go­ing sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the United Na­tions World Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion, said: “Chengdu is one of the most dy­namic and pas­sion­ate ci­ties in China.” Chengdu re­cently held the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s bi­en­nial gen­eral assem­bly.

The cap­i­tal of Sichuan prov­ince has been se­lected as one of 2017’s 21 must-see places in the Na­tional Geographic Trav­eler Mag­a­zine, as the only Chi­nese tourism des­ti­na­tion on the list.

On the Master­Card 2016 Global Des­ti­na­tion City In­dex, Chengdu ranked as the world’s No 2 global des­ti­na­tion, with an an­nual visitor growth rate of 20.14 per­cent, just be­hind Ja­pan’s Osaka.

The city also ranked among the global top 100 ci­ties ac­cord­ing to the Glob­al­iza­tion and World Ci­ties Study Group and Net­work, or GaWC.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics, Chengdu’s GDP reached 1.2 tril­lion yuan ($180.91 bil­lion) in 2016, mak­ing it a key cen­tral city in western China.

The city is strength­en­ing its func­tions as a cen­ter for tech­nol­ogy, fi­nance, cul­tural cre­ativ­ity, global com­mu­ni­ca­tions and trans­porta­tion in China.

To date, Chengdu has es­tab­lished sis­ter-city re­la­tion­ships with 33 in­ter­na­tional ci­ties and is home to 16 con­sulates.

Whether in an­cient times or to­day, Chengdu has al­ways played an ac­tive role as a trans­porta­tion hub, con­nect­ing five con­ti­nents. The city has launched hun­dreds of in­ter­na­tional di­rect flights to North America, Europe, Ocea­nia, Africa and Asia.

The di­rect flight from Chengdu to Ethiopia’s cap­i­tal, Ad­dis Ababa, was launched on May 22. It is the sec­ond di­rect flight link­ing Chengdu and Africa.

Ac­cord­ing to Chengdu In­ter­na­tional Rail­way Port, a to­tal of 487 ex­press trains ran from Chengdu to Europe from Jan­uary to Au­gust.

Two for­eign par­tic­i­pants to the UNWTO meet­ing dis­play their panda sou­venirs, a sym­bol of Chengdu.

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