Government Work Report Proposes to Vigorously Develop “Holistic Tourism”
On March 5, Beijing convened the 5th Session of the 12th National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People. In the 2017 government work report, Premier Li Keqiang made it clear to “improve tourist facilities and services, and vigorously develop rural, leisure and holistic tourism.” This is the first time for “holistic tourism” to be included into a government work report and it's listed as one of the 12 key new expressions in this year’s government work report by www.gov.cn.
To our notice, tourism and tourism-related work are mentioned frequently in the government work report.
In the work review section of 2016 government work report, it reads: “Domestic tourism has been growing rapidly, the number of outbound travels has exceeded 120 million and the livelihood of urban and rural residents has reached a new high” in the paragraph about “continuous improvement in people’s livelihood”.
In the priority work section of the 2017 report, Item 2 “Deepen the reform in key areas and links” proposes to “deepen the reform of the ecological civilization system, Improve the main functional zone system and ecological compensation mechanism, establish the resource/environment monitoring and alert mechanism, launch the pilot project to improve the national natural resource/asset management system, release the master plan for the national park system, and provide strong institutional support for ecological civilization construction.” Item 3 “Further unleash the potential of domestic demand” proposes to “boost steady growth in consumption; adapt to changes in consumption demands, and improve policies and the consumption environment; accelerate the development of service consumption; launch another round of comprehensive pilot reform in the service sector and support social capital's investment in education, elderly care and medical care; promote the service sector to adopt innovative modes and integrate with other sectors, and develop niche markets such as medical care + elderly care, and cultural and creative businesses; improve tourist facilities and services, and vigorously develop rural, leisure and holistic tourism.” Item 6 “Actively further open up” suggests to “advance the Belt and Road Initiative step by step, uphold the principle of consultation, joint construction and fruit sharing, accelerate the construction of land economic corridor and maritime cooperation pivot, and construct a clearance cooperation mechanism along the Belt and the Road; strengthen education, cultural and tourism exchange and cooperation.”