Moscow Convenes the 5th China-Russia Forum on Tourism Cooperation
On March 10, the 5th China-Russia Forum on Tourism Cooperation was staged in Moscow. It attracted the participation of chargé d'affaires ad interim Zhang Xiao at Chinese embassy in Russia, Boris Titov, chairman of the Russian Chapter of Chinese-Russian Committee for Friendship, Peace and Development, head of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism Oleg Safonov, Russian Foreign Ministry’s ambassador-at-large Vladimir Churov, deputy head of Rossotrudnichestvo Alexander Radkov as well as over 700 other delegates representing Chinese and Russian tourism authorities, tourism companies, airline companies and media outlets.
The forum was organized by the “World without Borders” Travel Association in Russia and undertaken by CNTA office in Moscow with the support of CNTA and Russian Federal Agency for Tourism. It consisted of six sub-forums: Strategic Development Directions of China-Russia Tourism, Beautiful China - A Country worth Visiting, Products and Services Tailed to Chinese Tourists, Promotion and Marketing of Tourist Destinations, Marketing of Online and Social Networking Platforms, and The Development Trend of Sports Tourism. More than 50 business insiders from both countries spoke at the forum.
Director Zhao Hongqing at the CNTA office in Moscow said in an interview, “China has become the biggest tourist source for Russia and as the Russian economy recovers, last year saw rapid growth of Russian tourists visiting China. Against this background, China and Russia enjoy broad prospects, huge potentials and vast space for tourism cooperation.” He suggested Chinese and Russian tourism authorities make the best of sound bilateral relations and improve the existing tourism cooperation mechanism; business insiders take into account each other’s market characteristics, make it more convenient for personnel exchange and strive to enlarge the tourist base; both sides share their philosophy of and experience in tourism development to deepen pragmatic tourism exchange and cooperation; tourism authorities in both countries further improve the China-Russia tourist service system and improve tourist services.
The “Beautiful China - Silk Road” photo exhibition was staged at the forum venue too, attracting a huge audience.
It’s learnt that the China-Russia Forum on Tourism Cooperation, initiated in 2012, has grown into a key platform for Chinese and Russian tourism professionals to seek cooperation and tourism experts to voice new ideas.