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CITM 2018 sees record foreign exhibitors
The China International Travel Mart (CITM), Asia's largest travel fair, opened Friday in Shanghai, featuring a record number of foreign exhibitors as the country's outbound tourism continues to boom.
This year's event sees participants from 107 countries and regions. Nearly a third of the booths are occupied by foreign exhibitors, according to the organizer.
Following China's first import expo held in Shanghai on Nov. 5-10, where pledges were made to keep opening up the country's service sector, analysts say the 2018 CITM is expected to enhance cultural and tourism cooperation with foreign countries.
World Travel Online and CBN Travel&MICE showcases the selected tourism resources to Chinese visitors, including Aspen Snowmass and Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau in the US, Bath World Heritage and Central Hall Westminster in the UK, FITUR and El Corte Ingles in Spain, as well as Experiencias Xcaret in Mexico. The Airline Brands LATAM Airlines is also one of long-term partners of World Travel Online. 
Dr. Adam Wu(right2), CEO of World Travel Online and CBN Travel&MICE met with Mr. Liuchang (right1), Senior Official of Ctrip
The fair has an exhibition area of 57,500 square meters housing a total of 2,245 booths.
In the first half of 2018, the number of outbound Chinese tourists reached 71.31 million, up 15 percent year on year, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. In 2017, tourism has contributed around 9.13 trillion yuan (around 1.3 trillion U.S. dollars) to China's GDP, accounting for about 11 percent, according to the China Tourism Academy.
Every year, World Travel Online and CBN Travel&MICE meet new friends at the fair
 Related News in Chinese: 世界游网亮相2018中国国际旅游交易会
  Source: Xinhua Net

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