China-Australia Tourism Year 2017 Launched in Beijing
On February 20, Beijing staged the launch ceremony of China-Australia Tourism Year 2017 on behalf of the Chinese side. In addition to speakers CNTA chairman Li Jinzao and Australian Minster for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo, the ceremony was honored by the presence of CNTA vice chairman Du Jiang, Australian Ambassador to China Ms. Jan Adams and Tourism Australia’s managing director John O' Sullivan.
In his remarks, Li Jinzao acknowledged the abundant, unique tourism resources in Australia and its strong appeal to tourists from around the globe. China-Australia tourism cooperation shows strong momentum: last year, more than 1.2 million Chinese people visited Australia and the number of Australian visitors to China is on steady growth. The Belt and Road Initiative proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping has been warmly and positively received by the international community. Chinese and Australian state heads have jointly decided to host the China-Australia Tourism Year to consolidate bilateral tourism exchange and enhance mutual understanding. Two weeks ago, at the grand opening ceremony held at the Sydney Opera House, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull sent their respective congratulatory message. More than 100 tourism promotion events will be hosted during the tourism year program, including organizing 1,000 Australian tourists to visit Xi’an, and the tour of Panda caravan around Australia, etc. China would like to work closely with Australia in hosting the tourism year, to elevate bilateral tourism cooperation to a higher level and create a more convenient, comfortable environment for mutual visits.
Mr. Ciobo remarked that, “The year of 2017 is jointly designated by Australian and Chinese state heads as Australia-China Tourism Year, a move to translate consensus reached between the two countries into actions, promote bilateral tourism exchange and cooperation and lure more Chinese to visit Australia. We’ve done a lot of work regarding direct flights, tourist visas and tourist security and we welcome more Chinese tourists to our country.”
At the launch ceremony, wonderful aboriginal performances were staged to entertain the audience of about 250, including departmental heads of tourism administrations, tourism companies and airline companies in China and Australia. Chinese actor Wu Xiubo was appointed as the ambassador of Tourism Australia.