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Tourism summit kicks off in Beijing

Updated: 2014-09-04
By Devon Zhang (chinadaily.com.cn)
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The World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF)’s two-day tourism summit kicks off on Thursday in Beijing, presenting an international platform to expand the tourism market and cooperate with other countries.

Wang Anshun, chairman of the WTCF council and mayor of Beijing, made the welcome address at the opening ceremony. Representatives from international organizations, including Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Tegegnework Gettu, Executive director of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Zhu Shanzhong and Chairman of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Scott Supernaw also attended the opening ceremony.

The WTCF 2014 Beijing Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit will focus on the subject,“Market and Cooperation”. It will aim to build a tourism industrial chain with travel agencies, hotels, airline companies, airports and other involved parties in the industry through a series of dialogues, promotions and demonstrations at the event.

Beijing initiated the founding of the World Tourism Cities Federation in September 2012. Berlin, Barcelona and Los Angeles are among the federation’s members. To date, the nonprofit, non-governmental international mass organization has attracted 132 members, including 86 city members and 46 non-city members.

Photographer: Feng Yongbin

Video: Devon Zhang

Producer: Flora Yue

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