Tourism to become "strategic pillar" of Chinese economy
China has called for development of its tourism industry to speed up, as it aims to make the sector a key tool to aid economy growth. Xinhua reported the country’s Vice Premier, Wang Qishan, as saying on Sunday that the industry need further reform and innovation if it is to achieve its full potential.
“Local authorities should work together to make tourism a strategic pillar industry,” Wang was quoted saying, adding that increased training needed to be provided in areas of professional skills and ethics, as well as response to emergencies. The wage and social security system of the tourism workforce should also be improved, he said.
In 2010 international arrivals into China increased 6% year-on-year to 134 million, while domestic trips increased 11% to 2.1 billion, according to data released last month by China’s National Tourism Administration.