EYEING the ever-growing tourism industry, a high level meeting was held at the weekend aimed at smoothing the way for visitors to visit tourist attractions in the Yangtze River Delta.
The two-day meeting, attended by officials from different provinces and municipalities, agreed on measures to improve links, cut costs and provide comprehensive information to visitors.
About 250 senior officials from 15 cities in East China’s Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui Provinces, together with the city of Shanghai signed their first “Hangzhou Declaration of Co-operation” to promote tourism across the region.
“The meeting is significant as it took place right after China had successfully fought against SARS. Although SARS did do serious damage to the whole tourism industry, we believe the abundant tourism resources in China will continue to be the focus of attraction in the world,” said Zhang Jianzhong, director of the policy office of the State Tourism Bureau.
“The Yangtze River Delta is not only one of the most prosperous regions in China with its rapid development, it is also the most dynamic tourism area.
“Its development of tourism is crucial to the rejuvenation of the whole nation’s tourism.”
“The region includes Suzhou’s graceful ancient gardens, Zhejiang’s natural beauty of waters and mountains, and the stunning modernity of Shanghai,” said Wang Guoping, party secretary of the Hangzhou municipal government.
“Advanced services and convenient transportation systems have combined to provide the region the most favourable conditions of co-operation,” he added.
In the future, the 16 cities will work together on all tourism schemes to avoid duplication and waste of both manpower and resources. – China Daily