Du Jiang Meets with Costa Cruises CEO
On October 31, Du Jiang, Vice Chairman of China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), met in Beijing with a delegation headed by Costa Cruises CEO Michael Thamm. The two sides made in-depth communications in the field of cruise ship tourism.
Du said, more and more international cruise ships have taken Chinese ports as their home ports since 2006, and all world-famous cruise ships have entered in China, which has become the market with the fastest growth of cruise tourism in the world. At present, CNTA is taking a lead in formulating the Master Plan on Cruise Tourism Development of China, and China’s cruise industry will see more development opportunities. He hoped that Costa Cruises grasp the good opportunities of the development of China's cruise market, strengthen cooperation with China in terms of popularization of cruise culture, cruise operation, design and manufacturing, as well as training of cruise tourism talents, provide Chinese tourists with better cruise travel experience, and make more positive contributions to the development of China's cruise industry. Du expressed his welcome and appreciation to Costa Cruises once again for its joining in the World Tourism Alliance (WTA) as a founding member, and hoped the two sides strengthen pragmatic cooperation within WTA.
Michael Thamm said that Costa Cruises attaches great importance to and is full of confidence in the Chinese market, pledging to further deepen cooperation with Chinese cruise companies including China State Shipbuilding Corporation, promote the development of China’s cruise industry chain, bring China with more foreign tourists and create more job opportunities. He indicated that, Costa Cruises, as a member of the WTA, would play its role actively within the WTA and assume corresponding obligations.
Also present at the meeting were heads of CNTA Tourism Promotion and International Cooperation Department, CNTA Planning and Finance Department and WTA Secretariat.