Guangzhou set to become an international tourism city
2009-September-3 Source: english.gz.gov.cn
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On the afternoon of 31 August, Mayor Zhang Guangning convened and presided over an executive meeting of the municipal government which discussed and adopted in principle the Opinions on Accelerating the Development of Guangzhou's Tourism and Building it into a Powerful Tourist City. According to the Opinions, Guangzhou will make its tourism brand bigger and stronger. The city's total revenue from tourism shall exceed 100 billion RMB and 200 billion RMB respectively by 2012 and 2020.

At present, Guangzhou ranks third in China in terms of tourism-related economic indicators. Last year, the city's total tourism revenue amounted to  83.8 billion RMB, accounting for 7.23 percent of the national total and 31.72 percent of the provincial total.

In order to give another boost to the development of Guangzhou's tourism industry, ten sections are included in the Opinions on establishing a series of attractive tourism brands with their own specialties, fostering competitive branded tourism enterprises, speeding up the construction of tourism infrastructure and so on. The Opinions also contain proposals to deepen the development of water sports and related recreation brands led by Pearl River tours, intensify the development of an urban tourism brand system, promote the brand upgrading of eco-tourism products centering on mountains and improve the tourism brand image of the "Flower City".

(Translated by Guangzhou Association of Foreign Affairs Translators)

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