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World Tourism City Development Shifts to High Gear in the New Era of Globalization -- 2017 WTCF Los Angeles Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit Kicks Off

Publish Time:2017-09-20 09:34:29

【Introduction】:WTCF Los Angeles Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2017 was held on the afternoon of September 19. This year s theme is “Impact of Globalization on World Tourism City Development” .

September 19th, 2017, Los Angeles – WTCF Los Angeles Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2017 was held on the afternoon of September 19. The Summit, themed “Impact of Globalization on World Tourism City Development”, attracted about 400 delegates from 51 countries and 87 cities. A total of 37 ministers and mayors, senior managers from international tourism organization and representatives from international organization including UNWTO and PATA were invited to attend the summit. The opening ceremony was hosted by Mr. Ernest Wooden Jr., Vice-Chairman of WTCF Council and President and CEO of Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. Chen Jining, Chairman of WTCF Council and acting Mayor of Beijing; Li Jinzao, Chairman of China National Tourism Administration; Zhu Shanzhong, Executive Director of UNWTO; and Mr. Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles delivered remarks at the ceremony.

2017 WTCF Los Angeles Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit kicks off

2017 WTCF Los Angeles Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit kicks off

Ernest Wooden Jr., Pres. and CEO of Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, hosts the opening ceremony

Ernest Wooden Jr., Pres. and CEO of Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, hosts the opening ceremony

Chen Jining, Chairman of WTCF Council and Acting Mayor of Beijing, delivers speech at the opening ceremony

Chen Jining, Chairman of WTCF Council and Acting Mayor of Beijing, delivers speech at the opening ceremony

Li Jinzao, Chairman of China National Tourism Administration, delivers speech at the opening ceremony

Li Jinzao, Chairman of China National Tourism Administration, delivers speech at the opening ceremony

The opening ceremony was hosted by Ernest Wooden Jr., Pres. and CEO of Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. Song Yu, Secretary-General of WTCF; Ms. Pia Riika Birgitta Pakarinen, Vice Mayor of Helsinki; Karl Wöber, Director of the Expert Committee of WTCF; and Jeanie Buss, Controlling Owner and President of the Los Angeles Lakers made keynote speeches under the theme of “Globalization and its Impact on World Tourism City Development”.

In his remarks, Chen Jining, Chairman of WTCF Council and Acting Mayor of Beijing, expressed his hope that a deeper understanding of globalization would be obtained through the insightful discussions during the summit. He also noted that a more open collaborative platform should be built as a result of the summit to promote a more inclusive and balanced globalization in favor of robust tourism growth worldwide.

Zhu Shanzhong, Executive Director of UNWTO, delivers speech at the opening ceremony

Zhu Shanzhong, Executive Director of UNWTO, delivers speech at the opening ceremony

19 new members were sworn into WTCF at the opening ceremony where promotional films featuring the world tourism city data platform and tourism investment guide were released. Mrs. Raisa Banfiled, Vice-Mayor of Panama City, delivered a speech on behalf of all new members.

During the ceremony, 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 the following 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.

Three bid cities made presentation to the Council Meeting, and Helsinki was finally chosen to host the WTCF Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2019.

Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles delivers speech at the opening ceremony

Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles delivers speech at the opening ceremony

Song Yu, Secretary-General of WTCF makes keynote speech at the opening ceremony

Song Yu, Secretary-General of WTCF makes keynote speech at the opening ceremony

During this Summit, events such as the tourism exhibition, tourism trade and investment fair and tourism promotion meeting were held by WTCF to facilitate better communication and collaboration among its members who were able to showcase innovate tourism products and explore new market potential.

The Tourism Investment Fair, co-hosted by the Committee of Investment, the Sub-Committee of WTCF, and the World Trade Center Los Angeles allowed participants to engage in efficient dialogue and cooperation opportunities between famous Chinese tourism and their counterparts from Spain and the US. During the tourism trade fair, 17 of the top 20 Chinese enterprises including CITS, CAISSA, CTS, BTG, Ctrip and Tuniu.com had exchanges with nearly 100 enterprises from L. A. and others.

Karl Wöber, Director of the Expert Committee of WTCF makes keynote speech at the opening ceremony

Karl Wöber, Director of the Expert Committee of WTCF makes keynote speech at the opening ceremony

Jeanie Buss, Controlling Owner and President of the Los Angeles Lakers makes keynote speech at the opening ceremony

Jeanie Buss, Controlling Owner and President of the Los Angeles Lakers makes keynote speech at the opening ceremony

During the press briefings, tripartite agreements were signed by WTCF and with Helsinki, Tencent, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, Qingdao Tourism Development Committee, and Xiamen Airlines. WTCF will continue to promote win-win development between and among cities and institutions and build a wider platform for all members.

Four themed forums of the summit will be held the on following day. The topics of the four themed forums are “Solutions to Challenges Faced by Tourism Cities, Competitive Strengths and Brand Building of Tourism Cities, Policy Environment Promotes Tourism Investment, and China’s Outbound Tourism: New Trend and Market Dynamics”. Mayors from tourism cities, executives from tourism institutions, and scholars are invited to discuss the most concerned topics such as travel security, brand marketing, advantages of infrastructure and resources, investment, etc.

19 new members swear into WTCF at the opening ceremony

19 new members swear into WTCF at the opening ceremony

Raisa Banfiled, Vice-Mayor of Panama City, delivers speech on behalf of new members

Raisa Banfiled, Vice-Mayor of Panama City, delivers speech on behalf of new members

The Research Report on World Tourism City Development 2017 and UNWTO-WTCF City Tourism Performance Research is scheduled to be released during the 2017 Summit. The former aims to steer world tourism development along the modern, standardized, and collaborative path by analyzing individual cases of tourism cities and benchmarking evaluation criteria.

Attendees of the 2017 WTCF Los Angeles Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit Opening Ceremony

Attendees of the 2017 WTCF Los Angeles Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit Opening Ceremony

At the 2017 WTCF Los Angeles Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit Opening Ceremony

UNWTO and WTCF jointly launched the City Tourism Performance Research in 2016. The research is an instrument with a set of criteria that could be used globally to benchmark tourism performance. So far, case studies conducted in 16 sample cities have been completed, which lead to the discovery of 25 profound issues that may determine the development of world tourism cities.

2017 WTCF Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit has won WTCF worldwide acclaim by exhibiting its quality service, superb leadership, and increasing influence on its members and the global tourism industry. It is predicted that WTCF will usher in a new era of global development for the world tourism cities.

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