Home > Mission Headlines
Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Yang Yanyi, Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU, at the High-level Event on "A European Strategy to Enhance the Competitiveness of the Tourism Industry, a Key Driver for Job Creation"
2017/09/28

Remarks at the High-level Event on "A European Strategy to Enhance the Competitiveness of the Tourism Industry, a Key Driver for Job Creation"

Brussels, 27 September 2017

Your Excellency President Antonio Tajani,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of the Chinese Mission to the EU and in my own name, I wish to offer warm congratulations on the opening of the High-level Event on "A European Strategy to Enhance the Competitiveness of the Tourism Industry, a Key Driver for Job Creation".

Tourism is an enormous force for good in the world; it powers economic growth, job creation and development and plays a crucial role in fostering bonds of friendship between peoples.

It is encouraging to learn that tourism already accounts for some 10% of GDP and jobs in Europe and that in their solemn Declaration in Rome last May, the leaders of the EU institutions and the Heads of State and Government of the EU Member States made the development of tourism a key strategic sector to meet the priorities of the Union: growth, development and competitiveness.

In China we believe that he/she who excels reads as many as ten thousand books and travels as far as ten thousand miles. In its drive to achieve creative, coordinated, green, open and shared development, China has made tourism a strategic pillar and a major driver of economic transformation and upgrading. As the world's leading tourism market, 135 million Chinese visitors traveled abroad in 2016 and spent US$261 billion experiencing tourist destinations. It is estimated, in the coming five years, China's outbound visitors will reach 700 million providing even greater opportunities for shared development and prosperity.

Recognizing the importance of travel and tourism between China and Europe, the 19th China-EU Summit proclaimed 2018 as the China-EU Tourism Year. Undoubted focusing on mutually beneficial enhancement of people-to-people exchanges and cultural understanding, the China-EU Tourism Year promises to maximize the full potential of one of the most important relationships in the world, not only from a tourism perspective, but across the board, economically, socially and academically.

On this note, I wish this high-level event productive and successful and we look forward to the effort, support and contribution of the European Parliament in the promotion of our shared goal of building vibrant tourism cooperation between China and EU and sustaining its growth.

Thank you.

Suggest to a friend:   
Print