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China pledges to boost investment in tourism and promises “toilet revolution”

Monday, January 2nd 2017 - 12:21 UTC
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Old industrial and resource-dependent cities, particularly in the north of the country, will be encouraged to develop tourism Old industrial and resource-dependent cities, particularly in the north of the country, will be encouraged to develop tourism

China said it will boost investment in tourism, with plans to develop rustbelt regions and upgrade public toilets high on its to-do list as it looks to lift the sector's contribution to economic growth.

 Announcing a new plan for the sector, China said it aims to invest 2 trillion yuan (US$290 billion) in tourism between 2016 and 2020 which would translate to annual growth of more than 14% in direct investment in the industry.

Old industrial and resource-dependent cities, particularly in the north of the country, will be encouraged to develop tourism and the government has promised to set up “demonstration tourist bases” in those areas. Several depleted coal cities have already made efforts to turn defunct mines into parks.

The plan also promised a “toilet revolution”, prompted by wide-spread complaints about toilet hygiene levels at China's tourist spots and said the country would aim to build or renovate as many as 100,000 public toilets over the period.

The investment will help China's emerging tourism industry account for 12% of annual economic growth by 2020, up from 10.8% last year, the country's cabinet said.

The total sum of tourism services purchased by the country is set to reach 7 trillion yuan (US$1 trillion) by 2020, equivalent to more than an 11% increase in tourism revenue per year, the State Council said.

The government predicted domestic travelers would take 6.4 billion trips annually by 2020, up from 4 billion in 2015, while the number of trips to China by overseas travelers is set to rise to 150 million, from 134 million last year.

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  • Marti Llazo

    ”..... Chinese reds currently offered by Berry Bros & Rudd, both of them made with the assistance of Austrian winemaker Lenz Moser, today. The Ch Changyu Moser XV 2008 (£39) was not looking at all good, with astringent green notes and a smell of baked dead mouse.....”

    Jan 03rd, 2017 - 03:38 pm +2
  • Marti Llazo

    Apparently not all Chinese wine tastes consistently of baked dead mouse:

    http://www.ibtimes.com/chinas-wine-industry-explodes-not-yet-world-stage-1902284

    Jan 03rd, 2017 - 08:13 pm +2
  • Marti Llazo

    For many years I have been hoping to go to China to visit the defunct coal-mine parks and experience the Great Toilet Leap Forward.

    Jan 02nd, 2017 - 12:31 pm +1
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