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Interview: China Contributing Significantly to World Tourism: UNWTO Official

As the world s second largest economy with a population of more than 1.3 billion, China has made significant contributions to the development of world tourism in recent years, a senior official of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said.

Release time : 2018-06-27 16:09:32
source : ECNS

As the world's second largest economy with a population of more than 1.3 billion, China has made significant contributions to the development of world tourism in recent years, a senior official of the United Nations' World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said.

The UNWTO recorded a total of 1.322 billion international tourist arrivals in 2017 and is expected to continue its strong momentum of development this year.

In an exclusive interview with Xinhua on the sideline of the 30th Joint Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific and the UNWTO Commission for South Asia held in Nadi, Fiji's third largest city, Zhu Shanzhong, executive director of the Madrid-based UNWTO, told Xinhua that the organization has attached great importance to China's tourists market, believing that the world tourism could not have enjoyed such remarkable development without the Chinese outbound market.

"Thanks to the contribution made by the Chinese market, the world tourism has been on a rapid development for years. We do believe that the Chinese market is vital and irreplaceable for further development of the world tourism," said Zhu, who was former vice chief of the now dissolved China National Tourism Administration (CNTA).

According to Zhu, 1 in 10 persons are currently involved in the world tourism, which reported last year a considerable amount of income, about 11 percent of the global gross domestic product (GDP). International tourist arrivals worldwide increased by 7 percent to 1.322 billion in 2017. Europe received 671 million, up 8 percent from that in 2016, while the Asia-Pacific recorded 324 million, an increase of 6 percent year-on-year.

Buoyed by rising incomes and easier visa processes, China's outbound travel hit another record last year by having 130 million overseas trips with 115.29 billion U.S. dol

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