China’s Hunan Province, LA committed to tourism cooperation

Source:Xinhua Published: 2019/10/30 17:33:40

Puguang Temple in Central China's Hunan Province Photo: IC

Tourism representatives of Central China's Hunan province and Los Angeles (LA) highlighted the importance of tourism to cultural cooperation at a promotional event for the Chinese province in LA on October 25.

"Culture builds friendship and tourism shares happiness. Hunan emphasizes the importance of strengthening exchanges and cooperation with the US tourism industry," said Chen Xianchun, director of the provincial department of culture and tourism, at the event titled "Splendid Hunan."

The event not only introduced Hunan's abundant tourism resources and profound culture to local travelers, but also sought to enhance cooperation with the US tourism industry in the fields of product research and training, said Chen to over 100 attendees, most of whom were local travel agency and cultural industry representatives.

The tourism industry plays an important and unique role in creating people-to-people connection and strengthening relations between the two countries, said Ernest Wooden Jr., president and CEO of the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board.

Chen and Wooden held a cooperation forum on the morning of October 24 ahead of the promotional event, which ended on October 27 with a party themed "Taste of Hunan" and two photo exhibitions.

"Hunan is the only province that has held a tourism promotional event in Los Angeles for three consecutive years. So you can tell that Hunan really attaches great importance to the US market," said Ning Wu, director of the China National Tourist Office in Los Angeles.

More US tourists have been to Hunan since a direct flight from LA to Changsha, capital of Hunan Province, was launched in 2016, she said, adding that China and the US are major sources of tourists and important tourist destinations for each other.

"China will further promote its market, increase the popularity and reputation of Chinese tourism," she said. 

"I believe the United States will also make preparations for more Chinese tourists."


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