China Tourism Industries Exposition 2017 Held in Tianjin
On September 1, China Tourism Industries Exposition 2017 (CTIE 2017), co-organized by CNTA and Tianjin Municipal People’s Government, was held at Tianjin Meijiang Convention Center. The opening ceremony attracted the attendance of Tianjin mayor Wang Dongfeng, CNTA vice chairman Li Shihong, Tianjin deputy mayor Zhao Haishan and project director Accenkan Tezbasoru of UNWTO Destination Management & Quality Programme.
Li noted, “The CPC Central Committee and the State Council both attach great importance to tourism development and have included it into national strategies. The tourism industry is at the forefront of national economic construction, has become a strategic pillar industry in the national economy, and is entering a new phase of all-round, multi-tiered and multi-facet holistic development. Through this expo, we aim to place more emphasis on the tourism industry as a whole, leverage Tianjin’s advantages in manufacturing, accelerate the implementation of the Tourism Plus strategy, better the structure and system of tourism products, explore more areas of tourism development, and create momentum for tourism transformation and upgrade and the adjustment of the overall economic structure.”
This year’s expo is positioned to be “A Gala of the Tourism Industry, a Stage for Win-Win Cooperation”, and aims to increase tourism productivity, vigorously integrate tourism with related industries, advance the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative and the national strategy of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei coordinated development, and drive the innovation and development of tourism equipment manufacturing. In particular as Tianjin is celebrating the National Games, the expo calls for seizing the opportunity to foster new business forms of tourism and introduce more tourism consumption options, such as leisure & vacation tour products, sports tours, outdoor tours as well as other tourism commodities.
It’s learnt that the expo covers an exhibition area of 50,000 square meters, sets up 3,000 standard booths and is divided into seven theme zones: the local tourism resources exhibition zone, the exhibition zone dedicated to cruise/yacht tours and recreational vehicle camp sites, the international tourism exhibition zone, the exhibition zone for tourism commodities along the Belt and Road, the hotels and tour operators exhibition zone, the Tourism Plus exhibition zone, and the tourism commodities exhibition zone. The four-day expo is expected to lure over 30,000 buyers and exhibitors, including over 700 company exhibitors, and nearly 300,000 visitors.
Meanwhile, the tourist town forum & Tianjin tourism investment fair, the summit forum on sports-tourism integrated development, public lectures on the development of camp sites in China, and the symposium on urban tourism performance, etc. will be held.
It’s learnt that the CTIE has seen eight successful editions since it was first launched in 2009, has accumulatively attracted delegations from over 80 countries and regions overseas and 31 Chinese provinces/autonomous regions/municipalities directly under the central government, over 1.5 million visitors, and signed over 1,100 projects worth 17.8 billion yuan.
Original title: China Tourism Industries Exposition Held