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September 20th, 2017

On September 20th Los Angeles local time, the Tourism Trade Fair and Tourism Exhibition were held.

September 20th, 2017

On September 20th Los Angeles local time, the Annual Report on Development of World Tourism Cities 2017 and other WTCF research results were released during the forums of 2017 WTCF Los Angeles Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit.

September 20th, 2017

On September 20th, CCTV Nightly News Reports covers the WTCF Los Angeles Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2017.

September 19th, 2017

On the afternoon of September 19th, Los Angeles local time, the Tourism Investment Fair was held . This is the second Tourism Investment Fair that has been held since the foundation of the Committee of Investment in 2016 at the Chongqing Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit.

September 19th, 2017

On the afternoon of September 19th Los Angeles local time,Helsinki, Tencent and World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) have signed a tripartite cooperation agreement, according to which Helsinki will serve as an intelligent tourism model for China outbound tourism.

September 19th, 2017

On the afternoon of September 19th, Los Angeles local time, the press conference of the Los Angeles Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2017 was held. Renowned media outlets such as CCTV, Xinhua News Agency, People's Daily, China Daily, Associated Press, Bloomberg, ABC News Radio, and Los Angeles Times attended the press conference.

September 19th, 2017

On the afternoon of September 19th, the Los Angeles Declaration of World Tourism Cities Federation was unveiled. Under the theme of globalization and collaborative development of world tourism cities, the declaration makes six-point proposal to all its members: 1) further boost the tourism industry worldwide; 2) improve tourism service quality across the world; 3) facilitate a collaborative and balanced development of world tourism; 4) make tourism service more accessible and efficient; 5) build up security to assure tourists; 6) effectively protect tourism resources.

September 19th, 2017

On the afternoon of September 19th, Helsinki was elected as the host city for 2019 Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit through the vote at the Second Meeting of the Second Council of WTCF.

September 19th, 2017

On the afternoon of September 19th, the Second Meeting of the Second Council of WTCF was held, and WTCF Secretary-General Song Yu delivered the 2016-2017 work report.

September 19th, 2017

On the afternoon of September 19th, Los Angeles local time, themed on “Impact of Globalization on World Tourism City Development”, WTCF Los Angeles Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2017 was held in Los Angeles, United States.

September 2nd, 2017

On September 2, the UNWTO – World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) City Tourism Performance Research Workshop was launched in Tianjin Meijiang Convention Center, from a joint effort of UNWTO, WTCF and Tianjin Tourism Administration. Mr. Yan Han, Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF; Ms. Esencan Terzibasoglu, UNWTO Program Director Destination Management and Quality; Dr. Roger Carter, Vice Director of the WTCF Expert Committee; and Prof. Song Rui from CASS were invited to attend the Workshop.

August 31st, 2017

On August 31st, 2017, the special event “Foreign Tourism Expert Lecture” was held in Beijing. The lecture was jointly hosted by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development, Beijing Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, and World Tourism Cities Federation. Managers from Beijing tourism departments, tourism association, hotel, and marketing leaders of Beijing’s hotels, travel agencies and scenic areas, attended the event.

The lecture was hosted by Mr. Li Baochun, Executive Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF, and was taught by Ms. Esencan Terzibasoglu, Director of the Destination Management and Quality Programme at the UNWTO.

August 31st, 2017

On August 31st, the “2017 Asian Tourism Industry Annual Conference”, launched and hosted by 21st Century Business Herald and College of Tourism and Service Management of Nankai University, was held in Shanghai. This annual conference paid close attention to the new direction and opportunities that the cooperation and development of the tourism industries of the Asian nations have under the Belt and Road Initiative. WTCF Deputy Secretary-General Yan Han delivered a keynote speech on the challenges that the tourism cities along the Belt and Road face at the main forum.

June 27th, 2017

On June 27th, in order to deepen mutual understanding and discuss further cooperation opportunities, Yan Han, Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF, along with 3 colleagues of WTCF, paid a visit to Saint Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development to meet with Andrew Mushkarev, Chairman of Saint-Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development; Evgeny Victorovich Pankevich, Director of St. Petersburg Tourist information Bureau; Orhan Rzaev, Director for Asia Pacific Region.

June 24th, 2017

On June 24th, 2017, the “One Belt One Road Event: First Pan-Asian Conference on Chinese Tourism” was held in Astana, capital city of Kazakhstan. The conference was hosted by Astana Convention Bureau LLP, World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF), Kazakhstan Tourism Association, Kazakhstan Association of Hotels & Restaurants, Committee of Tourism Industry of the Ministry of Tourism and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and Chinese Friendly. As the co-organizer, Yan Han, Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF, brought greetings on behalf of WTCF and delivered the first themed speech.

June 16th-18th, 2017

The Beijing International Tourism Expo 2017 was held from June 16th to 18th, at the China National Convention Center. During this expo, WTCF distributed its commercial publicity materials on-site, and actively recommended itself and its members to the audience. During the professional visitor opening day, many exhibitors and visitors visited WTCF’s booth to consult and negotiate with its on-site employees. YB Danny Law Heng Kiang, EXCO and Chairman of Penang State Tourism Development Committee, from Penang, which jointly hosted the Asia Pacific Tourism Conference with WTCF in late March, visited WTCF’s booth and communicated with the on-site employees. Representatives of Macao, Hong Kong, Berlin, St. Petersburg and other member cities of WTCF had discussions about work with the employees at the booth.

June 13th, 2017

On June 13th, accompanied by Loo César, President of the China Peruvian Friendship Foundation; and Pan Chengzun, Director of the Chinese Restaurant Association in Peru; MLi Baochun, Executive Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF; and Chen Bo, Director-General of the Liaison Department of WTCF; met with Carmen Patricia Juárez Gallengos, Deputy Mayor of the Lima Municipal Government; Guillermo Valdivieso Mendez, Chairman of the Tourism Commission of Lima Municipal Government; Ada Constantino, Mayor's Office Advisor; and Renato Zapata, Councilor of Rimac District, Lima; at the Municipal Palace of Lima. During the meeting, the two sides communicated on topics including promoting the development of the tourism industry in Peru, strengthening cooperation between Lima Municipal Government and WTCF.

June 1st-2nd, 2017

Between June 1st and 2nd, 2017, the 5th China International Cruise Summit kicked off in Qingdao. The summit was jointly hosted by Asia Cruise Terminal Association, the Committee of Cruise of WTCF, Shanghai International Cruise Economic Research Center, and supported by Qingdao Municipal Commission of Tourism Development, Qingdao International Cruise Port Authority, the People’s Government of Shibei District, Qingdao, CCPIT Qingdao Sub-council, and China Qingdao Port (Group) Co., Ltd. The summit focused on the theme of “Expanding the whole industrial chain of cruise economy, Boosting innovation & development of cruise industry,” which introduced the all-for-one tourism concept, and extended the whole industrial economic development of the cruise industry. More than 200 honored guests from 26 countries and regions such as Germany, the UK, Sweden, Monaco, Russia, France, Philippines etc. attended the activities of the summit.

May 27th-June 2nd, 2017

From May 27th to June 2nd, "China Champions Learning Journey" Training Program was held. The training program, initiated by Edinburgh Tourism Action Group (ETAG), is jointly hosted by WTCF and ETAG. A total of 14 trainees from Edinburgh’s Hotel, Marketing, and other related tourism department, will participate in the training and visit famous Chinese tourism destinations such as Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing. To help trainees better understand the China tourism market, WTCF also arranged business negotiations and a series of tourism cooperation visits with institutions such as CITS, Utour, CAISSA, Tuniu.com and Ctrip, as well as Chinese famous tourism media Sina and Tencent. All of the companies above were invited and selected from WTCF’s institutional member and Committee of Media Organizations. It’s the first time that WTCF is coordinating with its institutional members and Committee of Media Organizations members to host the training program for city members.

May 19th, 2017

In order to help WTCF members understand the Tourism Investment Fair, WTCF invited Mr. Stephen Cheung, President of The World Trade Center Los Angeles, to deliver a lecture on the situation of Los Angeles’ investment sector on May 19th, 2017. The members of WTCF Committee of Investment and representatives of enterprises or institutions attend the lecture.

May 15th, 2017

On May 15th, 2017, while representing WTCF as an international organization participating in the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, Mr. Ernest Wooden Jr., Vice-Chairman of WTCF Council and Pres. and CEO of Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, conversed with WTCF Secretary-General Song Yu and WTCF staff.

May 15th, 2017

On 15th May, 2017, World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) signed the “Cooperation Framework Agreement between WTCF Secretariat and SCO Secretariat” with Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Beijing. WTCF Secretary-General Song Yu and SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov represented their respective organization and signed the agreement together.

May 14th-15th, 2017

April 19th, 2017

On April 19th, 2017, a WTCF delegation, headed by Executive Deputy Secretary-General Li Baochun, paid a visit to Ctrip, a WTCF member headquartered in Shanghai. The delegation had a fruitful exchange of views with Ctrip CEO Jane Jie Sun on a wide range of issues with the aim of strengthening mutual cooperation and promoting strategic partnership. Members of the delegation included Chen Bo, Director-General, Liaison Department; Jenny Cai, Director-General, Public Relations & Brand Marketing Department; Zhang Shuo, Director-General, Business Development Department; and He Shengkang, Counselor of WTCF Secretariat.

April 17th-20th, 2017

On April 17th, 2017, the 4-day “2017 World Tourism Destinations (Cities) Promotion and Marketing Training Program” opened in Beijing. About 20 representatives attend the training program this year, including city member representatives from Nairobi, Riga, Helsinki, Hamburg, Berlin, Abidjan, Brussels, Vitoria, and embassies and consulates representatives of Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uruguay, Cuba, Peru, Brazil, Dominica, Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico, and Ivory Coast.

March 30, 2017

On March 30th, Mr. Walter Mzembi, Minister of Tourism & Hospitality Industry (Zimbabwe), visited WTCF Secretariat and met with Mr. Li Baochun, Executive Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF. The two parties exchanged views on strengthening communication and cooperation with each other.

March 27, 2017

During the WTCF Asia-Pacific Conference 2017, WTCF launched the Call to Action: Building City Hubs on the Belt and Road Tourism City Corridor. According to the call to action, all members of WTCF will actively respond to and promote the “Belt and Road” initiative.With the support of WTCF, city members will take the lead in demonstrating the building of “Belt and Road Initiative” City Hub, and provide experiences for the world tourism industry development.

March 26-27, 2017

WTCF Asia-Pacific Conference 2017 was held in Penang, city of Malaysia from March 26th to 27th. About 300 guests, including delegates from UNWTO, city and institutional members of WTCF, members of WTCF Expert Committee as well as delegates from Penang State Government, attended the event. It is the first large regional conference that WTCF is holding in one of its member cities. The theme of the conference is “One Belt One Road: Development of Tourism Corridor and City Hub” with the objective of powering the world tourism industry by establishing the One Belt, One Road tourism corridor and a series of city hubs, enhancing exchange and cooperation between tourism cities and tourism enterprises.

March 8-12, 2017

The 51st ITB was officially opened in Berlin from March 8 to 12. As the co-host of 2017 ITB, WTCF led a delegation to attend ITB and hosted a forum with the theme of “World Tourism Economy Trends 2017&Chinese Outbound Tourism.”

February 19-23, 2017

WTCF Deputy Secretary-General Yan Han was invited by Melbourne tourism board, the host of Indian OTM, and the City of Delhi, to lead a delegation to Australia’s Melbourne, and India’s Mumbai and Delhi.

February 23, 2017

The Guangzhou International Travel Fair 2017 was held on Feb. 23rd in Guangzhou. Representing its members, WTCF actively recommended its city and institutional members, and extensively communicated with professionals of the industry.

January 9, 2017

WTCF and Ivy Alliance Tourism Consulting co-hosted the 2017 International Forum on Chinese Outbound Tourism (IFCOT) on January 9th, 2017. At the same time, WTCF released two new research results, the Annual Report on Development of World Tourism Cities 2016 and Report on World Tourism Economy Trends (2017). About 200 guests including 5 ambassadors,70 diplomatic officials of foreign embassies, top executives of tourism organizations, representatives from Shanghai Cooperation Organization and other international organizations, representatives of WTCF members, and China-based leading outbound tour operators attended the forum.

January 5, 2017

On January 5th, as part of the 33rd China-Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, the 2017 World City Ice and Snow Tourism Cooperation Organization Preparatory Conference was held in Harbin. Representatives from 17 cities and 13 organizations attended the event. Yan Han, Deputy Secretary-General of World Tourism Cities Federation, along with other staffs of WTCF, were invited to attend the event.

November 30, 2016

The 2nd Global Tourism Forum was held in Suining City, Sichuan Province, on Nov 30th, 2016. Yan Han, Deputy Secretary-General of World Tourism Cities Federation was invited to attend the forums and to deliver a speech.

November 27, 2016

The establishment ceremony for the China Cultural & Tourism Investment Alliance was held on Nov. 27th, 2016. Li Baochun, Executive Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF attended the ceremony and delivered a speech.

November 7, 2016

On Nov. 7th-9th, the World Travel Market was held at ExCeL London. WTCF organized many city members to attend this exhibition, including Riga, Saint Petersburg, Beijing, Tanjung Pandan, and Plovdiv. During the exhibition, WTCF hosted the Chinese Tourism Market Development Forum and WTCF Regional Meeting for Europe.

November 1, 2016

On Nov. 1st-2nd, the 5th Global Summit on City Tourism of UNWTO was held at Luxor, Egypt. Cheng Hong, Executive Deputy Chairperson of WTCF Council and Vice Mayor of Beijing, attended the summit and delivered a speech to share Beijing and WTCF's experiences on promoting tourism development and cooperation between cities.

October 15,2016

Global Tourism Economy Forum Macao 2016 (5th) was held in Macao on October 15th-16th, 2016. WTCF Executive Deputy Secretary-General, Li Baochun, and Deputy Secretary-General, Yan Han, attended this forum with a delegation. This forum’s theme was “The Growing Consumer Class - Rethinking and Reshaping the Future Tourism Landscape.” WTCF hosted the sub-forum: Transformation of City Tourism Consumption.

October 14, 2016

On October 14th, the Chinese Tourism Cities Overseas Promotion Seminar was held in Macao. The seminar was co-hosted by the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF), Global Tourism Economy Forum and Macao Government Tourist Office.

October 1, 2016

At the press conference of World Tourism Cities Federation Chongqing Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2016, WTCF signed a strategic partnership agreement with iQIYI. On October 1st, WTCF iChannel was officially launched.

September 23, 2016

From September 23rd to 25th, the International Leisure Tourism Exposition 2016 was held in International Conference and Exposition Center in Xiamen. Invited by WTCF member city Xiamen, Yan Han, the Deputy Secretary-General of Secretariat of WTCF and other personnel attended related events and delivered speeches to help the member city in developing their tourism industry and building leisure focused tourism centers.

September 21, 2016

The day after the closing of the 2016 World Tourism Cities Federation Chongqing Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit, part of the guests traveled from the urban city to the 700 year old ancient battlefield. They walked into the ruins of ancient Hechuan Fishing Castle in Chongqing, and started their cultural heritage route trip to experience the beauty of the mountains and rivers.

September 20, 2016

On September 20th, the Summit came to a conclusion. After the two-day agenda, some guests were invited to go to the Natural Heritage Route, one of the three travel routes arranged by WTCF and Chongqing Tourism Administration to introduce Chongqing’s tourism resources.

September 20, 2016

WTCF and Chongqing Tourism Administration arranged three themed tour routes for guests after the Summit. After the closing ceremony, on September 20th, some guests went on board the No. 6 Gold Cruise Ship. The Yangtze Gold Cruise represents the highest quality service and technology level of the cruises that operate in Yangtze River.

September 20, 2016

During the Summit, WTTC Executive Director – APAC, Nigel David, “Economic social impact on tourism industry is the key driver of the global economy, it now accounts for about 10% of global GDP, in the travel and social industry, plenty of jobs are required. People around the global are employee.”

September 20, 2016

During the Summit, Tegegnework Gettu,Under-Secretary-General of UN and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, said, the United Nations is supportive of the development of tourism because it has significant positive influences on the development of the world economy, the welfare of people, and global peace.

September 20, 2016

During the Chongqing Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit, Mr. Roger Carter, a member of the WTCF Expert Committee was interviewed by the media. He gave us his opinions on the theme of “Shared Economy and The Development of World Tourism Cities.”

September 20, 2016

Wei Xiaoan, Chief Expert of WTCF Expert Committee was interviewed by Chinese and foreign media during the 2016 Chongqing Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit, making an interpretation to this summit.

September 20, 2016

Tokyo and Paris are the most preferred tourist destinations for Chinese short-distance and long-distance outbound travels, respectively, according to a report issued by the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) at its meeting held in Chongqing Municipality in southwest China.

September 20, 2016

On September 20th, the summit proceeded to the forum sessions. The forum started the discussion on the issue of “Urban Development and Shared Economy” and the research results of World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) were announced at the forum.

September 20, 2016

On September 20th, the Annual Meeting of Committee of Cruise Industry of WTCF held was during the summit.

September 20, 2016

On the night of September 20th, 2016, the World Tourism Cities Federation Chongqing Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit, held in the Chongqing Yuelai International Convention Center, has come to conclusion.

September 20, 2016

On the afternoon of September 20th, the Tourism Investment Fair & Signing Ceremony of 2016 World Tourism Cities Federation Chongqing Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit was held in the Happiness Hall of Chongqing Yuelai International Convention Center.

September 19, 2016

At the World Tourism Cities Federation Chongqing Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2016, Qingdao stood out from many competitors and managed to be chosen to host the WTCF Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2018.

September 19, 2016

During the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) Chongqing Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2016, Los Angeles has been chosen by the WTCF Member Committee to host the WTCF Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2017 on September 19.

September 19, 2016

On September 19th, the Annual Meeting of the Expert Committee was held during the 2016 World Tourism Cities Federation Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit. Wei Xiao’an, Chief Expert of WTCF, Zou Tongqian, Vice Chairman of Expert Committee, as well as other committee members participated in the meeting.

September 19, 2016

During the summit, on September, 19th, the annual meeting of Committee of Tourism-Related Businesses was held by World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF). The 35 attendees included committee representatives and other institutional members.

September 19, 2016

Chongqing Declaration of World Tourism Cities Federation was declared at Chongqing Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit to better promote the concept of shared economy and a better development of world tourism cities.

September 19, 2016

On the morning of 19th September, the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) Chongqing Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2016 kicked off in Chongqing, China.

September 18, 2016

On the evening of September 18th, the Welcome Banquet of the World Tourism Cities Federation Chongqing Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2016 was held at the Chongqing Yuelai International Convention Centre.

September 18, 2016

On the morning of September 18th, just before the Chongqing Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit started, The Travel Channel and the We-media of WTCF interviewed Luo Xingqiang, Director of Tourism Department of Penang, Malaysia.

September 16, 2016

Chongqing Tourism Carnival 2016 was held on September 16th-19th 2016 in Chongqing International Expo Center. WTCF organized 19 city members as well as 5 institutional members to exhibit their respective city or institution at the world tourism cities exhibition area. The members attended Chongqing Tourism Carnival 2016 as a group.

September 6, 2016

On September 6th, a news conference detailing the 2016 World Tourism Cities Federation Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit was held in Beijing by World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF). This summit is organized by both WTCF and the Chongqing Municipal Government, and will be held from September 19 to 20.Discussions will be held regarding the issues of tourism investment, urban development and shared economy.

July 10, 2016

Before World Tourism Cities Federation Chongqing Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2016 begins, Chongqing Tourism Administration and WTCF invited media representatives and travel agents to visit Chongqing on July 4th-10th, in order to promote Chongqing’s tourism resources.The institutions that attended this tour included CITS, CTS, CAISSA Touristic, Ctrip.com, Tuniu Corporation, and major media organizations of Beijing and Chongqing.

June 21, 2016

On June 21st 2016, at the invitation of UNWTO, Deputy Secretary-General Yan Han and Liaison Officer Sophie Zhang of WTCF attended the International Conference of Integrated Quality Management in Tourism Destinations: A Key to Competitiveness in Bucharest, Romania. Deputy Secretary General Yan delivered a keynote speech themed “Shared Platform of World Tourism Cities.” More than 300 guests attended this conference.

June 10, 2016

On June 1st-10th, 2016, the delegation of WTCF visited Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Dublin. WTCF visited these cities to discuss promotions, consulting and training, cooperation on investing and financing, and accepting members and so on. This delegation consisted of Yan Han, Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF; Chen Bo, head of Liaison Department of WTCF; and Wu Meiqing, Admin Specialist.

June 6, 2016

The governor of US Virgin Islands, Kenneth Mapp, paid a visit to China recently and conducted talks with Mr. Li Baochun, Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF.Mr. Li Baochun welcomed the governor for his visit and introduced the outbound tourism market of China. He also talked about the services that WTCF can provide to members and some recent work.

May 26, 2016

On May 26th, WTCF and Chongqing Municipal People’s Government jointly held a press conference for “2016 WTCF Chongqing Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit.”The WTCF Chongqing Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2016 will be held at Chongqing Yuelai International Convention Center on September 18th to 22nd. This summit will be co-hosted by WTCF and Chongqing Municipal People’s Government, with a theme of “Shared Economy and Development of Tourism Cities.” Seven major events include a general assembly of WTCF members, a council meeting, summit forums, tourism promotions, tourism marketplace, tourism projects investment fair, and an expo of world tourism cities. Ten tourism promotions will be arranged. Thirty famous overseas wholesalers will be invited to trade with about 100 local travel agencies of Chongqing. Members will be asked to bring their tourism projects to negotiate with 20 investment and fund managers. It is estimated that about 400 representatives from more than 100 tourism cities, more than 50 travel institutions and international tourism organizations, and about 100 representatives from world-famous tourism media will be present at the summit. This summit aims at summarizing Chongqing’s experience to bring the concept of shared economy to the development of world tourism and promote the sustainable, intensive, and efficient development of world tourism.

May 21, 2016

On May 21st, Song Yu (WTCF Secretary General) met with Taleb Rifai, the UNWTO Secretary General, when he came to Beijing for the 1st World Conference on Tourism for Development.Others present at the talks included Zhu Shanzhong (Executive Director of WTCF), Li Baochun (Deputy Secretary of WTCF), Carlos Vogeler (Executive Officer of Membership and Director of the Americas Affairs Department), Xu Jing (Executive Officer of the General Assembly and Executive Committee, and Director of the Department of Asia-Pacific Affairs) and other officials of UNWTO.

May 20, 2016

Beijing International Tourism Expo 2016 (BITE 2016) is grandly held at the National Agriculture Exhibition Center on May 20, 2016. Song Yu (Secretary General of World Tourism Cities Federation) was present at the opening ceremony. On behalf of city members, World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) participates in this exposition, hands out leaflets, and promotes its city members and institutional members to the public. After the ceremony, Yan Han meets with Alessandro Pollio Salimbeni, Sergio Daneluzzi and other directors of Milan Tourism Bureau.

May 18 to 19, 2016

The 1st World Conference on Tourism for Development, co-hosted by Chinese government and United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) was held in Beijing. This Conference includes some important events, such as, a promotion evening, an opening ceremony, keynote speeches, a summit forum, a conference for tourism ministers of G20. Before the opening ceremony, Premier Li Keqiang met representatives of WTCF, other international organizations, and more than 70 above-ministerial-level officials, and then took a group photo together. On May 18th, at the welcome dinner hosted by China National Tourism Administration and Beijing Municipal People's Government, Mr. Wang Anshun, Chairman of the WTCF Council and Mayor of Beijing, Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of UNWTO, etc., took a group photo in front of the display board. At the summit forum themed “Tourism for Peace,” Gonzalo Robredo, Executive Director, Tourism Office of the city of Buenos Aires was invited to deliver a speech as the representative for the holder of vice president of WTCF.

May 16, 2016

On May 16, 2016, on the Conference of the Cruise Committee of WTCF &The 4th China International Cruise Summit (Qingdao)Convenes, 13 syndic units signed Qingdao Consensus of Cruise Committee of WTCF, including Qingdao City, Athens City, Buenos Aires City, Busan City, Carnival Corporation &Plc, Casablanca City, Copenhagen City, Dalian City, Cruise Association of Jeju, Royal Caribbean, Tianjin City, Shimonoseki City Port &Harbour Bureau, and Baoshan District of Shanghai.

May 16, 2016

On May 16th, 2016, the Conference of the Cruise Committee of WTCF &The 4th China International Cruise Summit (Qingdao)Convenes was founded in Qingdao. This conference was hosted by World Tourism City Federation (WTCF) and China Ports & Harbors Association; supported by Qingdao Tourism Administration, CCPIT Qingdao Sub-council, Qingdao Shibei Municipal Government, and Qingdao Port Group Corporation.

May 13 to May 15, 2016

On May 13th-15th 2016, Helsinki, a city member of WTCF, will hold the Moi Helsinki campaign in Beijing. On the eve of the campaign, Wang Anshun, Chairman of the WTCF Council & Mayor of Beijing, met with visiting Mayor of Helsinki Jussi Pajunen.

May 10, 2016

ATI and many other travel agents came to China for a survey recently which was strongly supported by WTCF. On the night of May 10th, an exchange conference was held at the Kempinski Hotel Beijing. Delegates from Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development and other institutions also attended this conference.

April 21, 2016

WTCF sent a condolence letter to Quito Tourism Administration for the Earthquake on April 16, 2016.

April 7, 2016

WTCF held a Media Exchange Seminar in Beijing. Present at the conference were representatives from 15 media institutions, namely, The Beijing News, Sina.com, WEN WEI PO, Chinese National Geography, QQ.com, Lonely Planet, China Pictorial, China Tourism News, China Radio International, China Daily, FTChinese, Youku, Travel Weekly China, Tourism Geography and visitbeijing.com.cn. Yan Han, Deputy Secretary General of WTCF attended the conference, at which he discussed WTCF’s development with media friends.

March 30, 2016

WTCF Deputy Secretary General Yan Han attended Second CRUISEWORLD CHINA in Shanghai and delivered a speech themed “Cities Make Cruise Tourism Better”. Mr. Yan also introduced the Cruise Brunch of WTCF, which would be established soon. He sincerely invited cruise companies, travel agents, ports and cites to attend the establishment conference of the Cruise Brunch. He invited them to join the Cruise Brunch and work together for the healthy and fast development of China’s cruise industry.

Participants of the First International Tourist Destination (Cities) Promotion and Marketing Training Program of WTCF went to the Beijing Brunch of Ctrip for on-site learning.

March 30 to April 1, 2016

WTCF held the first World Tourism Destinations (Cities) Promotion and Marketing Training in Beijing. The key aspect of this training is to demonstrate how the world tourism cities could target the Chinese tourist market and promote their cities. The training includes 9 topics, which are “China's Tourism in the Global Perspective”, “Status Quo and Development Trend of Chinese Outbound Tourism”, “The General Situation of Chinese Outbound Tourists' Consumption”, “Tourism City Marketing in China”, “Marketing Strategies in Chinese Tourism Market”, “A Case Study, Chinese Tourism Market from a Big Data Perspective”, “Methods and Process of Chinese Tourists Reception”, “To Be a Qualified Outbound Tourism Service Provider” and “Key Points for Satisfactory Chinese Tourist Reception”.

March 27 to 31, 2016

On March 27th-31st, 2016, Mr. Wang Ansun, Chairman of the WTCF Council, and his delegation were invited to Prague, Czech Republic by the Municipal Government for a visit.

March 22, 2016

World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) was invited to send a delegation to attend the fourth Russia-China Tourism Forum in Moscow. Cai Hua, WTCF Director of Public Relations and Brand Promotion participated in a panel discussion themed “The Future of China's International Tourism Industry: Potential and Prospects.” Cai Hua focused on sharing with the audience the related data on the recently launched topic published by the WTCF on “Market Research Report on Chinese Outbound Tourist (City) Consumption (2014-2015),” and shared her views regarding Russian tourism and market development potential.

March 9, 2016

On March 9, 2016, the fiftieth International Tourism Exchange Berlin (ITB) was opened in Berlin with a grand ceremony. As the exclusive co-host of 2016 ITB, World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) led a delegation to attend ITB. On behalf of the 151 members of WTCF, Li Baochun, WTCF Deputy Secretary-General, delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony and congratulated the grand opening of the fiftieth ITB. He briefly introduced the development of WTCF and emphasized the WTCF to be involved with ITB’s core values. Secretary General Li Baochun concluded by extending a sincere welcome to all the global tourism cities and tourism enterprises to participate in the upcoming 2016 Chongqing Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit.

March 2, 2016

On Mar 2, 2016, World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) convened the cooperation matching conference among its Committee of Tourism-Related Businesses, Committee of Aviation and Committee of Media Organizations.

February 21 to 29, 2016

On February 21 to 29, Song Yu, Secretary-General of World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) led a delegation to visit Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Montevideo and Punta Del Este in Uruguay, in order to make connections with these destinations to promote exchange and membership.

February 2, 2016

On February 2, 2016, WTCF Secretary-General Song Yu and Vice Secretary-General Yan Han met Uruguayan Ambassador H.E.Fernando Lugris in Beijing. They held exchanges and discussions about recommending renowned Uruguayan tourist cities to the WTCF, promoting the development of tourism and strengthening cooperation.

January 16, 2016

On January 16, International Forum on “One Belt One Road & Tourism Cooperation” 2016 was opened in Altay, Xinjiang. The forum was jointly organized by WTCF, Xinjiang Tourism Bureau and Altay Administrative Office. Through uniting experts and scholars, the forum was aimed at further strengthening exchange and cooperation in cross-border tourism, ice-snow tourism and high-end custom tourism between world tourism cities, under the strategic framework of “One Belt One Road”.

January 12, 2016

Travel 10 Years Ceremony and World Travel “Micro” Influence Development Forum jointly organized by Sina Travel, Sina Weibo and World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) were held in Sanya, Hainan Province.

January 11, 2016

WTCF held its annual sub-committees meeting in Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang Province. More than 60 member representatives from WTCF’s Committee of Aviation, Committee of Tourism-Related Businesses and Committee of Media Organizations participated. Cheng Hong, Vice Chairperson of the WTCF Council and Deputy Mayor of Beijing, Song Yu, WTCF Secretary-General, Liu Chunlin, Deputy Director, General Office of Heilongjiang Province, Liu Xin, Deputy Secretary of CPC Mudanjiang Municipal Committee and Mayor of Mudanjiang and Yan Zizhong, Deputy Mayor of Mudanjiang attended the meeting.

January 5, 2016

The press conference of Annual Report on Development of World Tourism Cities (2015) was held in Beijing. Representatives from world tourism cities and tourism industry institutions, experts from World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF), representatives from Beijing Tourism Society and tourism journalists attended the conference.

December 14 to 15, 2015

WTCF delivered keynote speeches at the UNWTO 4th Global Summit on City Tourism, spoke at the forum, analyzed data and cases relevant to the features of world tourism development and the relations between tourism and cities, and recommended its member services through video. Themed "Re-Inventing City Tourism", the summit discussed issues such as the model and global market orientation of city tourism, the sustainability of city tourism and the effective management of tourist destinations, the spatial organization and rejuvenation of tourism cities, connectivity and cities' tourism competitiveness, and the impact of conventions and major events.

December 7, 2015

WTCF held a promotion conference in Perth, the fourth largest city in Australia.

November 18 to 19, 2015

Summit Forum of China Travel Retail (CTR) was held in Shanghai. WTCF made a keynote speech at the forum and systematically expounded WTCF’s core concept and major work.

November 13 to 15, 2015

China International Travel Mart (CITM) 2015 was held in Kunming, Yunnan Province. WTCF delegation headed by Deputy Secretary-General Yan Han attended CITM and Mr. Yan Han delivered a speech at “CITS-UnionPay Night”.

November 10, 2015

The delegation led by Elliott L. Ferguson II, Director of Washington DC Tourism Administration visited WTCF Secretariat with the purpose of deepening friendship and discussing cooperation plan in 2016 with WTCF. Song Yu, WTCF Secretary-General greeted the delegation on behalf of WTCF and expressed his gratitude for the support of Washington DC on the work of WTCF.

November 2 to 5, 2015

World Tourism Market (WTM) was held in London on November 2-5, 2015, and WTCF won WTM's annual World Travel Leaders Award. The award is aimed at rewarding organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development of world travel industry during the year, and has an extremely strong influence on world travel industry.

October 27, 2015

WTCF Secretary-General Song Yu Met with Delegation Headed by Belgrade Mayor. Mr. Song Yu introduced in detail to Mr. Sinisa Mali the current development of WTCF and its member service items, and stated that WTCF will strengthen its member services in such aspects as destination marketing, academic research and training of member cities in the future, thus promoting the development of world travel industry.

October 26, 2015

Invited by the Tunisian National Tourist Office, Song Yu, Secretary-General of World Tourism Cities Federation met with Selma Elloumi, Director of Tunisian National Tourist Office and her entourage. Song Yu introduced to Ms. Selma Elloumi the general information of WTCF and its member service items. He expressed, known for its rich tourism resources, profound cultural connotation, long history and friendly people, Tunisia is a perfect tourism destination. He also welcomed Tunisian cites and institutions to join WTCF.

October 24, 2015

On October 24, the annual International Tourism Commodities Fair co-organized by Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development and World Tourism Cities Federation opened in China International Exhibition Center in Beijing. Song Yu, Secretary-General of WTCF, attended the event and delivered a speech.

October 16 to 19, 2015

Earnest Wooden Jr., Vice Chairman of WTCF Council, visited Beijing. On the morning of October 17, he led a delegation of 27 people from L.A. Tourism Board, hospitality industry and scenic spots to communicate with WTCF Secretariat representatives.

October 11 to 14, 2015

Song Yu, WTCF Secretary-General and Li Baochun, Deputy Secretary-General attended the Global Tourism Economy Forum•Macau 2015 (GTEF) was held from 11 to 14 October 2015 in Macau SAR, under the theme of “Belt and Road Initiative: Unleashing the New Dynamics of Cultural Tourism”.

October 12, 2015

WTCF Deputy Secretary-General Yan Han attended he first Cruise World China was held on 12nd October in Shanghai, and addressed the audience. At the conference, Mr. Yan Han introduced the research results of cruise line released by WTCF’s Market Research Report on Chinese Outbound Tourists (City) Consumption. He stressed that WTCF pays much attention to the interaction and co-existence of tourism destinations and organizations, and the Expert Committee, Committee of Aviation, Committee of Tourism-Related Businesses, and Committee of Media Organization are founded under such purpose. Now WTCF is planning to establish the Committee of Cruise Tourism with its secretariat located in Qingdao. Up till now, 7 cities include Qingdao, Casablanca, Dalian, Rome, Tianjin, Buenos Aires and Athens have joined the Committee. Mr. Yan Han sincerely invited excellent international cruise companies joining WTCF and WTCF Committee of Cruise Tourism to establish the cooperating rules of tourism destination, travel agencies, and cruise companies, and to jointly explore the market platform.

September 22, 2015

WTCF held the forums of Diversity and City Tourism, One Belt and One Road Tourism Investment Driving World Tourism and Diversified Development of Africa and Mediterranean Tourism Market in Fez.

September 21, 2015

the WTCF Rabat & Fez Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2015 opened in the Sofitel hotel of Rabat, the Kingdom of Morocco. The theme of this year's Summit is World Tourism Cities: Diversity and Sustainability.

August 2015

The “9-Day Dubai-Morocco Perfect Holiday” by WTCF and CITS HQs successfully inaugurated in Beijing. Morocco is the destination country for the WTCF Rabat & Fez Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2015. WTCF planned to make contributions to the development of outbound tourism market for member cities through such activities as “Thousands of Tourists to Morocco”.

August 2015

WTCF, on behalf of its member cities and institutions, attended the 10th CIBTM held in Beijing, during which it publicized and promoted its members through communications and media playing and so on.

July 2015

The “China Smart Cities Investment and Financing Forum 2015” co-organized by WTCF and China Association of Private Equity was held in Beijing, during which WTCF Deputy Secretary-General Li Baochun delivered a keynote speech.

July 2015

WTCF Secretary-General Song Yu led a delegation composed of representatives from 10 travel enterprises, including CITS, to South Korea and investigated the situation of Chinese tourists to South Korea, aiming at recovering the South Korea tourism market, which was seriously affected by the MERS epidemic. Mayor of Seoul Park Won-soon regarded this visit as an enhancement to security, interest and expansion of Chinese tourists to South Korea.

June 2015

WTCF, on behalf of over 20 member cities, led a delegation to the 4th Western China Tourism Industry Expo held in Chongqing to promote and demonstrate images of tourism cities to Chinese tourists, which received well-reserved recognition among exhibitors and audience.

June 2015

The Silk Road Tourism Cooperation Forum & the 11th Outbound Tourism Forum co-organized by WTCF and IVY Alliance Tourism Consulting was held in Beijing, which was focused on the R&D of Silk Road tourism products and cooperation of regional tourism.

June 2015

Beijing International Tourism Expo (BITE) 2015 was held in Beijing. Cheng Hong, Vice Mayor of Beijing, as Deputy Chairman of the WTCF Council, accompanied the Vice Director-General of the National Tourism Administration to the booth of WTCF and Fotis Provatas, Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF & Chairman of China Economic Council in Greece, attended the exhibition on behalf of the Secretariat.

June 2015

The 1st South China Sea Tourism Development Strategy High-end Forum was held with the theme of Openness, Innovation and Cooperation. The forum was based on the strategic background of One Belt One Road and aimed at showing the value of tourism in national strategy and discussing the tourism development in the South China Sea by gathering the power of government, enterprise and academia. WTCF Deputy Secretary-General Li Baochun was invited to the forum and delivered a keynote speech.

May 2015

Li Baochun, WTCF Deputy Secretary-General, attended the Milan Expo. He introduced the Federation and promoted tourism resources of WTCF members.

May 2015

The Northeast Asia Cruise Industry International Cooperation Forum & the 3rd China International Cruise Summit (Qingdao) co-organized by WTCF and China Ports & Harbours Association (CPHA), which themed “Cruise Tourism Opens the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road” was successfully held. It was aimed at promoting development and cooperation of the Northeast Asia cruise industry and enhancing the cross-trade exchanges and cooperation among tourism cities and enterprises.

April 2015

WTCF delegation attended Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings (IT&CM China) held in Shanghai, during which a booth was set up to present member cities to the participants through exchanges, face-to-face negotiation and promotion events.

March 2015

Northstar Travel Media officially submitted the application to join WTCF. Both sides reached an agreement on jointly producing and issuing of the WTCF's Weekly and Monthly publications, targeting at over 7,000 readers all over the world, including administrators of tourism cities, senior tourism managers, professionals and scholars and so on.

March 2015

WTCF attended Berlin International Tourism Fair (ITB Berlin) and made tourism promotion on behalf of its 34 member cities, during which WTCF Deputy Secretary-General, Ralf Ostendorf, presided over the conference.

February 2015

WTCF Deputy Secretary-General Li Baochun led a delegation to the 21st International Mediterranean Tourism Market held in Tel Aviv-Jaffa and introduced the development of WTCF to all participants in the FUTURISM Forum.

January 2015

WTCF Deputy Secretary-General Yan Han led a delegation to the annual conference of the American Bus Association (ABA) and delivered a keynote speech in the seminar of “China Tourism Development”.

December 2014

WTCF held the “Tour MIS” promotion seminar in Beijing, during which Karl Wober, member of the Expert Committee & President of Modul University, gave a lecture on the application of Tour MIS in the tourism area.

December 2014

WTCF Deputy Secretary-General Li Baochun attended the 3rd International Summit organized by UNWTO in Barcelona, Spain. He addressed in the Summit and promoted the efforts WTCF made in the sustainable development of world tourism cities.

October 2014

Secretariat of WTCF attended the World Travel Market (WTM) in London, UK. At the exhibition, staff from the Secretariat conducted exchanges and communications with many tourism departments and agencies from various countries and regions.

October 2014

The 8th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook kicked off in China. During the forum, WTCF Deputy Secretary-General Yan Han delivered a keynote speech on “Connectivity: the Key to Convenience, Profitability and Sustainability in Tourism”

October 2014

WTCF Expert Committee, at the invitation of Yangzhou Tourism Bureau, made an investigation trip to Yangzhou. The experts proposed their opinions and suggestions on how Yangzhou should make full use of its own advantages to boost its tourism development, which were spoken highly by municipal leaders and relevant tourism department of Yangzhou.

September 12, 2013

The Beijing Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit of World Tourism Cities 2013 & Second Meeting of the WTCF Council was held. It held the WTCF city promotion tour 2013, the urban tourism forum and the three parallel workshops of aviation tourism-related businesses, and media organizations, etc.World Tourism Experience Center was completion. It also signed MOU with Athens, Valletta and some other cities and released the Beijing Consensus and World Tourism Cities Evaluation System.

September 10, 2013

The World Tourism Cities Expo 2013 kicked off in Wangfujing Street, Beijing.

June 25, 2013

The Expert Committee of the WTCF was founded. Wei Xiao'an was elected as the Chairman, and Professor Morrison, Professor Zhang Hui and Professor Zou Tongqian as the Vice Chairmen.

From June 14, 2013 to June 18, 2013

Delegation of the WTCF paid a visit to Chicago of the United States, Rio de Janeiro of Brazil and Santiago of Chile

May 27, 2013

The Secretariat of the WTCF moved into a new office building.

May 8, 2013

Mr. Wang Anshun, Chairman of the Council of the WTCF and Mayor of Beijing, headed a delegation to United Nations, and met with Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations. At the same day, a working luncheon on "Sustainable Urban Development and Tourism" was co-sponsored by the WTCF, the Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations and the International Health and Environment Organization (IHEO), and the signing ceremony of the WTCF-IHEO cooperation MOU held in the headquarters of the United Nations.

April 2013

Preparation for the establishment of the World Tourism Cities Experience Center started.

September 15, 2012

Inaugural Meeting of the WTCF was held.

September 14, 2012

The General Assembly and Council Meeting of the WTCF were held. Wang Anshun, Mayor of Beijing, was elected OS the Chairman of the Council of the WTCF, and Lu Yong, Director of Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development, was appointed as Secretary-General of the WTCF, The meeting adopted the official logo and flag of the WTCF, the WTCF Statute, Rules for Membership Recruitment, and Rules of Procedures of the General Assembly

September 13, 2012

Food Festival and Film Festival of the WTCF were opened.

May 8, 2012

The official website of the WTCF was in service.

April 20, 2012

Mr. David Scowsill, Chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), sent his congratulatory message.

April 19, 2012

Press conference on Beijing and other cities initiating the establishment of the WTCF was held.

April 3, 2012

Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), sent his congratulatory message.

March 27, 2012

The World Tourism Cities Federation was founded.

March 15, 2012

Mr. Martin Craigs, CEO of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATH), sent his congratulatory message.

October 28, 2011

Mr. Guo Jinlong, then Mayor of Beijing, issued invitations to world tourism cities and famous travel agencies.

June 21, 2011

Proposal on establishing the "World Tourism Cities Federation" was formally initiated by Beijing.

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