Date
10 December 2016
The lucky vacationers broke the record for the longest human-made phrase visible from the sky. Photo: AFP/Image Trans
The lucky vacationers broke the record for the longest human-made phrase visible from the sky. Photo: AFP/Image Trans

6,400 staff of Chinese firm get fully paid vacation in France

Nice work if you can get it.

A Chinese firm gave 6,400 of its employees an all-expenses-paid four-day vacation in France, BBC News reported.

Any potential misgivings about the behavior of mainland tourists, the cause of complaints in the past, were set aside as the biggest tour group ever to visit the country received a warm welcome in the southern resort of Nice Saturday.

Tiens Group president Li Jinyuan booked up 140 hotels in Paris and more than 4,700 rooms in Cannes and Monaco on the Riviera for the trip celebrating the company’s 20th anniversary.

The firm hired 146 buses to drive the employees around on their holiday, which included a private viewing of the Louvre museum in Paris and a performance of the Moulin Rouge cabaret show.

Guinness World Records inspectors watched the group line up Friday on a beach to break the record for the longest “human-made phrase” visible from the sky.

The Tiens employees spelled out the words “Tiens’ dream is Nice on the Cote d’Azur”.

Local media said the group was expected to spend about 13 million euros (US$14.6 million) on the trip.

“We have mobilised public services as well as tourism professionals, hotels, restaurants, shops and designer brands,” Christian Mantel, head of national tourism development agency Atout France, was quoted by AFP as saying.

“So far everything has gone smoothly, the feedback has been extremely positive.” 

The Tiens Group has business interests in tourism, trade and cosmetics.

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