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Maritime Silk Road – Tourism for Future Tourists

global-tourism-economy-forum-alex-wan-china-dailyMacao (Macau SAR) – October 27, 2014 – China Daily was hosting a Special Panel Session at Global Tourism Economy Forum to explore the likely far-reaching impact of the new Maritime Silk Road on the future of the tourism industry in the region. Distinguished leaders in the region’s tourism industry have agreed to share their rich and varied experiences and give their opinions at the panel, to be held between 12 noon and 1:15 p.m. on 28 October, 2014 at Ballroom G-H-J-K in Venetian Hotel, Macao.

Panelists include Mr. David Baxby, President and CEO, Global Blue from Switzerland; Mr. Abit Butt, CEO, Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts from Singapore; Mr. Edmond Ip, Vice-Chairman, Artyzen Hospitality Group from Hong Kong SAR, China; Ms. Wang Ping, Chairman of China Chamber of Tourism and Ms. Zhao Yilu, Chief Strategy Officer, from China.

With Asia in general, and China in particular, leading the way, the global tourism industry is expected to grow at unprecedented rates in the foreseeable future as increased international cooperation and understanding are helping to break down travel barriers.

Taking center-stage in the dawn of the golden era in regional travel and tourism is the grand economic design, “Maritime Silk Road”, as envisioned by Chinese President Xi Jinping in October 2013. The scheme, which is both bold in design and practical to implement, can greatly facilitate not only the development of the tourism industry but also trade and investment.

To take full advantage of the expected growth, it is important, particularly so for tourism professionals in Asia Pacific – to be better equipped to meet the needs and demands of the tourists of tomorrow. Tourism industry leaders recognize that they operate in an increasingly diverse and complicated market, and hence are much more willing than before to share knowledge.

China Daily is pleased to contribute to this exchange for the benefit of all in the tourism industry.

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