|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.