China will establish a new tourism body led by the State Council, a move aimed at boosting the industry’s development as Beijing tries to spur domestic consumption, Beijing News reported.
The new body, led by vice premier Wang Yang, will take over all the operations of the National Holiday Office, which has been in place for 14 years, the report said Tuesday.
It will have representatives from 28 ministries and agencies, including transport, railways, culture, food and drug safety, to better serve the tourism sector.
Cai Jiming, a professor with Tsinghua University, was quoted as saying that the upgraded regulatory body will step up the implementation of a paid leave program the government unveiled earlier.
Also, it will also review the effectiveness of the holiday model — the golden weeks in May and in October — as the current holiday arrangement has led to too many tourists rushing to scenic spots at the same time.
At the 8th APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting which kicked off Saturday in Macau, vice premier Wang highlighted tourism as a pillar of China’s economic growth.
Given the fragile global economic recovery, the Asia-Pacific region should develop tourism as an engine for growth and development, as well as for job creation, he said.
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