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International Mayor's Forum on Tourism (IMFT) opens in Zhengzhou
International Mayor's Forum on Tourism opened Monday in Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan Province, highlighting quality urban tourism in the sharing economy era, and focusing on international tourism cooperation, tourism safety, sharing tourism as well as international tourism governance.
 
Li Jinzao made a speech at the SummitThe opening ceremony of the Summit
 
Many decision makers in the tourism industry were invited to the Summit
 
 
Li Jinzao, China's Vice Minister of Culture and Tourism, called for strengthening international tourism cooperation and improving tourism governance, amid threats of ethnic conflict, terrorism and epidemic disease worldwide.
 
As the world's largest source of outbound tourists, China saw 130.5 million overseas trips made in 2017, up by 7 percent year on year, official data showed.
 
"Tourism can be a strong support for the economy, especially for cities along the Belt and Road, as the initiative has connected China and Europe in not only infrastructure, but also resources," said Zhu Shanzhong, Executive Director of the UN World Tourism Organization.
 
Jointly hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the UNWTO and Henan Province, the event has attracted 95 mayors and representatives from 28 countries, as well as 39 Chinese mayors or deputy mayors.
 
Li Jinzao, China's Vice Minister of Culture and Tourism (middle) met with Mr. Ed Warren - Mayor of Longreach from Australia (right2), Mr. Richard Kinnon - Joint Founder & CEO of Outback Pioneers (right1), Mr. Tony Martin - CEO of Qantas Founders Museum (at back), Mr. Gian Andrea Paolo Garancini - Greece HERAKLION Deputy Mayor(left1), as well as Dr. Adam Wu – CEO of World Travel Online and CBN Travel&MICE.Mr. Zhu Shanzhong, Executive Director of UNWTO and Ms. He Rongxian, Executive Director of Sunnit Travel, the authority organization of the Summit met with Dr. Adam Wu, Mr. Ed Warren, Mr. Richard Kinnon and Mr. Tony Martin. 
 
Richard Kinnon, CEO of award-winning Outback Pioneers, Australia, who came to China for promotion, also attended the event and met with Li Jinzao. According to Mr. Kinnon, in order to attract more tourists from China, they are launching a website in Chinese, hiring Chinese-speaking guides, and looking forward to cooperating with Chinese tour operators. Besides, Outback Pioneers will hold a workshop in Beijing in the early June, with the assistance of World Travel Online and CBN Travel&MICE.
 
Related News in Chinese: 2018国际旅游城市市长论坛启幕 搭建高端对话共谋发展
 
Related News: Australian Tourism shines at International Mayor's Forum on Tourism
  Source: Xinhua Net

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