China-Australia Tourism Year opens in Sydney
The city of Sydney in Australia hosted the grand opening of the China-Australia Tourism Year of 2017 on February 5, local time. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull sent congratulatory messages to the opening ceremony.
In the message, Premier Li noted, “People-to-people exchange is one of the key pillars supporting China-Australia relations. I’m glad to see that China and Australia have become major tourist destinations for each other. Last year the two-way personnel exchange between us reached nearly two million visits. I hope we will make the best of the tourism year to broaden and deepen our communication and cooperation in various areas and further consolidate the popular basis for the all-round development of our bilateral relations.”
He added, “Both China and Australia respect the cultural diversity of the world. We would like to join hands with Australia, based on our sound diplomatic relations in the past 45 years, to protect world peace, enhance regional stability, and produce more fruits from win-win cooperation and more benefits for both Chinese and Australian people by continuing to uphold principles of equality, inclusiveness, openness and mutual learning.”
Mr. Turnbull said, “The Australian-Sino tourism partnership has proved fruitful in the past 20-plus years. China has grown into the most valuable tourism market for us. Last year, we received 1.2 million tourists from China. This tourism year will open a brand new chapter for our bilateral relations. I believe that we’ll work together to seize opportunities brought by future development.”
At the opening ceremony, CNTA chairman Li Jinzao and Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo read out the congratulatory message from Premier Li and PM Turnbull, respectively. Besides, the “National Treasure” concert and a water curtain and laser show were staged at the ceremony to entertain the 2,000 audience, including Chinese and Australian tourism officials, and representatives of Chinese embassies and consulates in Australia, Chinese and Australian tourism companies, overseas Chinese in Australia, local residents and young overseas Chinese students.