Inbound tourism in China has witnessed continuous decline in the last two to three years, Xu Fan, a member of the Expert Committee of the World Tourism Organization, said on Friday.
"Hong Kong and Beijing have entered a new period beyond signing cooperative programs on tourism, with an eye to more interaction and cooperation.
Tourist cities must work together, officials told By Song Mengxing.
China and Senegal signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday that clears the way for groups of tourists to visit the West African country.
After a voting procedure on the first day of the 2014 WTCF tourism summit, Rabat and Fez in Morocco won the bid to host the 2015 Tourism Summit of the World Tourism Cities Federation.
In the ongoing two-day Beijing Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit, the World Tourism Cities Federation launched the We-media platform on Thursday to attract more tourists for its members.
The increasingly larger domestic tourism market will boost the development of China as well as other foreign countries, the national tourism authority said on Thursday.
Beijing plans to make better use of the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF), one of the world’s largest tourism platforms, to build a center for cultural exchanges.
More than half of China's outbound tourists are from the post-80s generation, and traveling the world as a family has become more popular in recent years, according to a market research report on tourism.
The "Travel Presentation" trade fair is scheduled on Sept 5.