Li Jinzao Meets with Australian Counterpart Steven Ciobo
On February 5, CNTA chairman Li Jinzao who was leading the Chinese delegation to attend the opening ceremony for the China-Australia Tourism Year of 2017 in Sydney, Australia held a meeting with Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo. Both sides exchanged views on how to make the tourism year program a great success and carry further bilateral tourism cooperation.
According to Li, China and Australia have maintained sound momentum for tourism cooperation, witnessed growing two-way tourism exchange and become each other’s key tourist source and destination in recent years. In last April, Chinese and Australian state heads agreed to host the China-Australia Tourism Year in 2017, showing the much importance they attached to bilateral tourism exchange. This year, within the tourism year framework, China will organize more than 100 tourism marketing and promotion events, such as organizing 1,000 Australian tourists to visit the ancient city of Xi’an, 100 tourism experts from Australia to visit China, and the Panda Caravan’s Tour around Australia campaign. China would like to join hands with Australia, make the tourism year program impressive and effective with a down-to-earth attitude, encourage tourism companies to invest and do business in each other’s market and expand the two-way tourism exchange.
Mr. Ciobo believed that the tourism year would create huge opportunities for bilateral tourism cooperation and looked forward to closer cooperation with China to make the tourism year a great success. He added that his country welcomed Chinese tourists and would implement the ten-year multi-entry visa policy and provide premium tourist services to create a safe, convenient and comfortable travel experience for Chinese visitors.
Also present at the meeting were CNTA vice chairman Du Jiang, Chinese Ambassador to Australia Cheng Jingye, Australian Ambassador to China Jan Elizabeth Adams, and senior officials from CNTA Department of International Liaison and Tourism Australia.