The Silk Road International Tourism Expo 2018 Opens at Qujiang Conference and Exhibition Center on March 30th
Published:2018-03-23
 

The news briefing on the preparatory works of Xi’an Silk Road International Tourism Expo 2018 was held by Shaanxi Provincial Tourism Administration yesterday. Reportedly, the expo will be held at Qujiang International Conference and Exhibition Center from March 30 to April 1, with exhibitors from 35 countries, some 500 tourism firms, airlines, cruisers, tourism media from 31 provinces, municipalities directly under the central government and autonomous regions in China expected to attend. A large quantity of high-quality and discounted tourism products and traveling routes will also be offered by the exhibitors to the public.

As the first Silk Road-themed international specialized exhibition of tourism in China, Xi’an Silk Road International Tourism Expo has provided an important platform for east and west cultural exchanges and regional tourism cooperation by consistently improving the hosting mechanism, innovating ways of exhibition, and diversifying exhibition contents, with a view to “creating first-class international tourism fair”, and “inviting good buyers and selling quality tourism products”. 

According to statistics, the previous four sessions of the expo has attracted a total of 140 countries and regions (some countries and regions are repeatedly counted, with tourism authorities of the 31 provinces, municipalities directly under the central government, autonomous regions and Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan all included; agreements of 131 tourism projects of Shaanxi have been signed, with a total value of over 100 billion yuan, and some 300,000 visitors attracted to the expo; the percentage of international exhibitors is on the rise, for example, at the previous edition, there were 137 international exhibitors, accounting for 27% of the total; 103 international buyers, a growth of 40% year on year.

With “high-quality tourism and shared development” as the theme, the current session of the expo is co-sponsored by 6 provincial tourism authorities including Shaanxi, Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai, Xinjiang and Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, with Shaanxi Provincial Tourism Administration serving as the leading sponsor, and will be held at the Exhibition Halls B1 to B4 of Xi’an Qujiang International Conference and Exhibition Center from March 30 to April 1.

The honored guest country of the expo is Turkey, which will host a variety of artistic performances and tourism promotion programs. In addition, the organizing committee sets up honored guest province for the first time, with Beijing of China to be the honored guest province. Not only will the guest country and province bring with the cultural feast in varied and colorful splendor, but they also will provide the public with high-quality and discounted tourism products.

Covering a total floor area of 40,000 square meters, the current expo will provide 7 featured pavilions, including international pavilion, domestic pavilion, Shaanxi provincial pavilion, consumer goods pavilion, hot spring tourism pavilion, self-driving tour and recreational vehicle camping pavilion and food pavilion. So far, the business promotion of the expo has concluded. As of March 20, exhibitors from 35 countries, some 500 tourism firms, airlines, cruisers, tourism media from 31 provinces, municipalities directly under the central government and autonomous regions have confirmed their participation, as well as some 500 special buyers at home and abroad, some 7,000 trade visitors and 80,000 public members. 

The promotion conference and contract signing ceremony of Shaanxi tourism projects will be held at 10:30am on March 30 at the grand conference hall of Hotel Crowne Plaza Xi’an. Currently, the organizing committee is now working closely with the tourism businesses of cities and counties of Shaanxi Province to finalize the projects to be signed on the ceremony. The execution of the projects will play a very important role in diversifying the tourism products, improving tourism service facilities, promoting high-quality tourism development of the province.

Apart from programs for trade visitors, as the important component of the expo, the public day will be set on March 31 and April 1, during which exhibitors from home and abroad will offer a large number of high-quality and discounted tourism products and traveling routes. Other measures that are intended to benefit the public will also be launched at the expo, with hot spring pavilion to deliver 10,000 discount coupons to visitors.

[Source:Xi’an Evening News]