59 tourist cooperation agreements were signed during the International Expo of Maritime Silk Road held from October 31st to November 2nd, and the value of agreements reached 13.77 billion RMB.
It is reported that the tourism cooperation between Guangdong and countries along Maritime Silk Road had promoted more than 4.86 million Chinese people visited these countries, which accounts for 62.4 percent in people going abroad in Guangdong province last year. For tourism in Guangdong, more than 3.57 million people from these countries went to Guangdong for travel in 2013.
Both sides believed that a deepened bilateral cooperation in tourism will further increase tourist arrivals and stimulate the tourist economy in China and countries along Maritime Silk Road.
According to the Tourism Administration of Guangdong Province, Guangdong seeks to establish Tourism Cooperation and Promotion Center, which mainly focuses on promoting tourism in Guangdong, in countries along Maritime Silk Road this year.
Until now, Guangdong had established its Tourism Cooperation and Promotion Center in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan. It is reported that more Centers will be established in Singapore, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Israel and India. In 2015, a delegation will be dispatched to South Korea and promote Guangdong tourism.
20 countries along Maritime Silk Road attended the fair, including Thailand, Israel, Turkey, Vietnam, India and Kenya. 5 new charter flights, from Guangzhou and Shantou to Jeju Island (South Korea), Koh Samui, Krabi and Changwat Suratthani (Thailand), were opened.
Besides, Guangdong also encouraged 3 to 5 tourist enterprises to invest and develop tourist projects oversea.
“We hope that we can promote the tourism, not only in Guangdong, but also in countries along Maritime Silk Road.” The officers of tourist administration said.
In order to attract tourists from Guangdong, countries along Maritime Silk Road took various measurements to improve their tourism environment.
“We encourage our tour guides speak Chinese and a Chinese help line was also set up in Suvarnabhuml Airport.” The director of Guangzhou branch office of Tourism Authority of Thailand said. “We had signed a series of new tourist cooperation agreements with Guangdong province during the International Fair. The tourist system will be further improved in the effort of both sides.”