WTCF Calls Attention to Impact of Globalization on World Tourism City Development
The two-day World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2017 opened in Los Angeles on September 19. It brought together over 400 government officials, representatives of international organizations and executives of international tourism agencies from 87 cities in 51 countries to discuss issues centering on the theme “Impact of Globalization on World Tourism City Development.”
In his address, Li Jinzao, director of the Organizing Committee of the World Tourism Alliance and CNTA chairman, recognized the role of the WTCF in promoting international cooperation and sustainable development of the global tourism industry.
Chen Jining, WTCF Council chairman and acting mayor of Beijing, hoped that the summit would help deepen the public’s understanding about the impact of globalization, build more open platforms for cooperation and drive the global tourism industry toward more inclusive and balanced globalization.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti greeted the delegates in English, Chinese and Spanish, presented Los Angeles as a city of cultural diversity and abundant tourism resources and welcomed the rest of the world to the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games.
The summit produced the Los Angeles Declaration, calling for joint efforts to promote globalization and balanced development of world tourism cities, and decided to host the 2019 summit in Helsinki, Finland.
The World Tourism Cities Federation is an international non-governmental tourism organization jointly initiated by famous tourism cities such as Beijing, Berlin, Barcelona and Los Angeles in 2012. It is based in Beijing and has 193 members. The Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit serves as a major vehicle to promote exchange and cooperation between the world’s tourism cities and the 2018 summit is scheduled to be hosted in Qingdao. Source: Tourism Promotion and International Liaison Department