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ICBC pledges $41 billion to boost China’s tourism sector


ICBC partners with China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, investing $41 billion to enhance tourism infrastructure and boost consumer spending.

BEIJING, CHINA – The Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd. (ICBC), in a significant move to bolster the nation’s tourism sector, has pledged a substantial 300 billion yuan ($41 billion) in financing. This strategic initiative, announced in collaboration with China‘s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, aims to stimulate tourism investment and consumer spending within the world’s second-largest economy.

The announcement came following the signing of a cooperation pact between ICBC and the Ministry on Tuesday, detailed in a statement on the Ministry’s official WeChat account. This partnership will focus on accelerating tourism-related construction projects and enhancing overall infrastructure to support the burgeoning tourism demand witnessed across the country.

Furthermore, the agreement extends beyond mainland China, with several tourism agencies based in major Asian cities such as Seoul, Tokyo, and Thailand also signing agreements with ICBC’s branches. These international collaborations are set to further enrich the tourism connections between China and its neighboring regions, promoting a more integrated Asian tourism experience.

China’s domestic tourism sector has shown remarkable resilience and growth, evidenced by a 93.3% increase in domestic trips in the last year compared to 2022, and a 140.3% increase in spending reaching 4.91 trillion yuan. Notably, the eight-day Lunar New Year holiday period in February saw a 19% rise in domestic trips from the pre-Covid year of 2019, with spending up by 7.7%.

While these figures represent significant growth, the average spending per trip remains lower than in pre-pandemic years, highlighting ongoing opportunities for further economic stimulation through targeted investments and initiatives.

The 300-billion yuan investment by ICBC is poised to play a critical role in addressing these opportunities, enhancing the capacity and attractiveness of China’s tourism offerings, and driving greater economic value from this vital sector.

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