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EU to seek more Chinese tourists to help revive economy

09/28/2017| 5:24:53 PM|

EU is aiming to bring more Chinese tourists to the continent to help revive its economy, of which about 10% relies on tourism, the bloc's leaders said at a high-level meeting on Europe's tourism.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani said the Asian market will be a new driving force of Europe's tourism sector. "I think the Asia market should be our major target to help reach such goal in coming years," he said.

Tajani said the union's number of outward and inward tourists will be increased to 700 million by 2020 from 500 million last year.

When European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen addressed the conference, he said China has become Europe's major tourism market and both sides have named 2018 as the year of tourism, in terms of bilateral relations.

At the conference, Yang Yanyi, China's ambassador to EU, said it is encouraging to learn that tourism already accounts for some 10 percent of GDP and jobs in Europe and that the leaders of the EU institutions and member states have made the development of tourism a key strategic sector to help revive growth and competitiveness.

Yang also said in its drive to achieve creative, coordinated, green, open and shared development, China has made tourism a strategic pillar and a major driver of economic transformation and upgrading.

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