Ahead of China's annual two sessions, a Chinese lawmaker called on the country to prepare pilot projects for resuming international tourism under the normalized COVID-19 prevention and control strategy in a bid to boost the economy and show the world a real China, after some Western media reports deliberately distorted facts and fabricated lies about China which exerted a serious negative influence on foreigners' understanding of China.
The pilot projects could be set up in Hainan island in South China's Hainan Province, Chongming island in Shanghai and Zhoushan islands in East China's Zhejiang Province, after assessment of the epidemic prevention and control, and outbound tourism could first pick up some island countries and regions, the lawmaker suggested.
As this year's two sessions are scheduled to kick off this week, Huang Xihua, a deputy to the National People's Congress (NPC) from South China's Guangdong Province and an official from the Huizhou government in Guangdong, proposed an inter-department decision-making mechanism covering foreign affairs, culture and tourism, transportation, finance, internet and information technology, public security and other departments to guide the development of inbound tourism, and make policies to facilitate inbound tourism.
China's State Council released the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) for the Tourism Industry in January, saying the country will adjust policies related to exchanges of inbound and outbound tourists on the basis of ensuring pandemic prevention.
Huang suggested that related governments should come up with detailed measures in optimizing visa policies, entry requirements, remote payments and internet service, to prepare for resuming inbound tourism.
The outbound tourism industry has to make changes to adapt to the normalized COVID-19 prevention and control, Huang said.
The international community should discuss the mutual recognition of nucleic acid testing results and COVID-19 vaccine to establish an international health code system for travel, Huang said.
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