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China: A good year for tourism

Tourism revenue for the Chinese mainland was 9.8 per cent higher last year than in 2000, according to the chairman of…

Tourism revenue for the Chinese mainland was 9.8 per cent higher last year than in 2000, according to the chairman of the China<.> National Tourism Administration, He Guangwei. Total revenue from domestic and overseas tourists was set to hit 496 billion yuan (US$60 billion), including US$17.5 billion contributed by international arrivals. An estimated 87 million tourists were recorded, 4.2 per cent more than in 2000. This included about 11 million foreign tourists, up 7.9 per cent.

He Guangwei says that, this year, the Chinese mainland will open up for tourism even more widely than it had promised before it entered the World Trade Organization. He says between one and three international travel agencies with a good past performance will be given the go-ahead to enter the Chinese market via control of shares in Chinese travel agencies or through the establishment of solely foreign-funded travel agencies. Domestic travel agencies, big and small, will all be subject to the same market rules, so that efficient agencies will prosper and inefficient ones will be eliminated.

He attributed the tourism achievements to the country`s thriving economy. It is estimated that China`s GDP will grow by 7 per cent this year.

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