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China Restoring Image as Healthy, Safe Tourism Destination
China is trying to restore its image as a healthy and safe tourist destination, said He Guangwei, director of the China National Tourism Administration.

Speaking Wednesday in the east China port city of Qingdao on a national tourism seminar, He said the tourism industry will strengthen overseas promotion, with the theme of "fascinating China", in order to restore the confidence of potential inbound tourists.

Experts from major tourism nations will be organized to visit China, He said, and China will also gradually resume outbound tourism, in an effort to satisfy the demand of domestic citizens as well as to promote international tourism cooperation and opening-up.

Three major conferences will be held in China in the second half of the year. The World Tourism Organization (WTO) will hold its 15th General Assembly in Beijing in October, in which nearly 70 tourism ministers and over 1,000 tourism representatives will take part.

Next month, a special ministerial tourism meeting with participants from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries and China, Japan and the Republic of Korea will be held to discuss regional tourism cooperation and recovery, as well as to announce a joint declaration.

And in November, Asia's biggest professional tourism exposition,the China International Tourism Mart (CITM), will be held in Kunming.

He said these meetings will help China's tourism gain international recognition.

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