China National Tourism Administration Shao Qiwei, 10, here at the fourth Sino-US cooperation in the development of provincial dialogue with the Secretary of Tourism Conference , said the past few years with the United States together with the tourism industry has experienced colleagues US exchanges and cooperation in tourism boom development and common witness and participate in the United States to sign and implement "to facilitate Chinese tourist groups to visit on the United States of America memorandum of understanding on tourism," this important historical event. Sino-US cooperation in tourism has achieved significant results, but also show some distinctive features.
According to statistics, the "Memorandum" after the implementation of our citizens to the United States travel an average annual growth rate of over 20%. In 2009, the number of 82 million citizens of the United States to travel, an increase of 6.3%; 2009, the U.S. visitor arrivals to 1.71 million, the first 8 months of this year reached 1.33 million, an increase of 17%.
Shao Qiwei said, according to the current development trend, by 2015, the total number of China-US tourism exchanges will exceed 500 million people, of whom the number of Chinese citizens travel to the United States more than 200 million. Each other and mutually beneficial Sino-US tourist market has become a real win-win situation, a broader development prospects.
He said the two sides to strengthen the market information, travel agencies regulate aspects of business communication and collaboration, on a regular basis according to market developments and emerging issues, timely communication, consultation solve the problem. Meanwhile, tourism cooperation mechanism has been gradually moving from the relevant government departments to local, tourism enterprises and private co-operation change.
Tourism industry in the concerted efforts of both sides, the United States more a single tourism product from east and west coasts, Hawaii conventional circuit products, and gradually to the study tours, island tours, cruise tours and other tours with American characteristics and depth of product development. American tourists to visit China to experience the Beijing Olympics and Shanghai World Expo and other new tourist routes and products. At the same time, our citizens of the United States gradually deepening understanding of tourism resources, travel products in the United States, the Chinese lack of services and guide services, tourist visa and low efficiency gradually resolved.
Shao Qiwei said that with the increasing number of bilateral tourism exchanges and tourism in the promotion of friendly exchanges between the two peoples, expand economic and cultural cooperation in space and the development of bilateral relations has played an increasingly important role.
He said the U.S. is the world's largest economy, the United States in economic development, scientific and technological achievements and cultural ecology of Chinese tourists have a strong appeal. China is the world's largest developing country, is also a long history of civilization, China's history and culture, natural resources, especially since the reform and opening up achievements of socialist construction is equally full of American tourists magic and charm. Can be said that the United States and China are very popular American tourist destination outbound tourism, tourism products between the two countries on both sides have a huge tourism market potential, to further strengthen cooperation in tourism between the two countries is necessary.
October 9 to 13, the China National Tourism Administration, United States Travel Association in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province jointly held the fourth "China-US cooperation Provincial Secretary of Tourism Development Dialogue Meeting ", attended by representatives from 26 provinces, District, City Tourism Bureau and the U.S. 11 states, the official tourism agencies, and some travel agents, tour groups, hotel groups and airlines. Source: Xinhua