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China, Russia, Mongolia meet to reinforce trilateral tourism ties

By Hu Zhe in Ulaanqab, Inner Mongolia | China Daily Global | Updated: 2019-06-24 09:26
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Luo Shugang, China's minister of culture and tourism, delivers the keynote speech during the Fourth Tourism Ministerial Conference of China, Russia and Mongolia in Ulaanqab, Inner Mongolia autonomous region, on Sunday.[Photo provided to China Daily]

In 2018, over 2.4 million Russian tourists visited China, a 3 percent year-on-year increase. The number of visitors from Mongolia to China rose 2.8 percent to over 1.9 million; the number of Chinese visitors visiting Russia hit 2 million, an increase of 21 percent from the previous year; and nearly 200,000 Chinese visitors were received by Mongolia, a 19 percent growth.

The statistics show the growing appeal of Russia and Mongolia as tourist destinations for Chinese travelers. They are also an indicator that tourism plays a pivotal role in trilateral friendship, Luo said.

Luo proposed five suggestions for future cooperation: deepening the integration of culture and tourism and crafting quality cross-border travel products; using tourism as an engine to boost the intensive development of other related industries such as transportation, catering and entertainment; upgrading travel services to make them convenient and more comfortable for tourists; strengthening surveillance of the tourism market to build a safe and civilized environment; and enhancing the reputation of the "Tea Road" as a travel brand.

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