PHOTO: Tianjin, China. (Photo courtesy Thinkstock)
A government policy focused on tourism has provided big gains in tourism income and jobs for China, according to David Scowsill, president and CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
Scowsill recently addressed the Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF) in Macau, highlighte*d the power of travel and tourism’s ability to drive economic growth, using China as an example.
The WTTC noted that the country “has constructed thousands of kilometers of high-speed rail track and over 60 airports over the last decade and is looking to invest over US$720 billion in the next three years to meet the demand of both domestic and international travelers.”
Also, according to WTTC research, the country is expected to grow its tourism industry by 7 percent per year over the next 10 years.
“China is currently the second-largest tourism economy in the world and is one of the fastest growing. The government plays a great role in stimulating this growth. We encourage the government to continue to invest in the sector and to consider implementing visa waiver schemes, which will stimulate inbound travel. The number of foreigners visiting China has remained static at approximately 55 million people for around five years”, Scowsill said in his address.
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