Chronology

November 26-27, 2019

From November 26th through the 27th, WTCF Central Asia Tourism Conference 2019 was held in Samarkand. It was co-hosted by World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF), Samarkand State Government, and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Over 200 representatives of cities, tourism enterprises, investment agencies and media from 10 countries and regions were present at the event. The conference was themed on “the Belt and Road--Tourism Cooperation and Development”, including the opening ceremony, tourism fairs, investment negotiations, forums, themed training and press conferences. It was designed to utilize international organizations as Internet platforms, make full use of the regional features and tourism resource advantages of countries along the Belt and Road, enhance the communication among such countries and relevant tourism cities, provide tailored developmental modes of tourism for Central Asia that are worth learning from, facilitate the in-depth integration and common development of tourism in Central Asia and other parts of the world, and continuously improve the influence of Central Asian tourism on global tourism.

November 15-17, 2019

From November 15th to 17th, the China International Travel Mart 2019 (CITM 2019) was held in Kunming, China’s Yunnan Province. The event was held by the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China, the Civil Aviation Administration of China, and the People’s Government of Yunnan Province.World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) has set up a stand at the CITM 2019, and distributed promotional materials including its magazine, World Tourism Cities, and its city members’ brochures that promote their their destinations.

November 15, 2019

On November 15th, the Asia Leaders Forum 2019 of World Travel & Tourism Council was held in Shanghai, China. With the theme of ‘The Future of Sustainable Tourism Development in Asia’, the forum has invited tourism industry leaders, experts and scholars at home and abroad to discuss topics including Asian tourism trends, cultural heritage conservation, safety and facilitation of travel, tourism cooperation among countries along the Belt and Road, the promotion and management of global destinations, the social responsibility of the tourism industry, future employment prospects, etc. At the forum, WTCF and WTTC signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The two organizations are willing to carry out all-round constructive cooperation in areas that are in line with the development ideas, common interests and common concerns of the two sides.

London time November 4 -5, 2019

The World Travel Market 2019 (WTM) was opened on November 4th, London local time. World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF), as the content partner of WTM, participated in the trade fair and held 2 themed forums. On the opening day, WTCF held the first forum centered on “Booming Chinese Outbound Market”. The forum included discussions on how travelling destinations can satisfy the needs of a growing number of Chinese tourists. On November 5th, the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) held its second panel as a WTM content partner, which themes on “Best Practices of Smart Tourism in Cities”. This panel aims to discuss the best solution for the development of smart tourism in cities, and share the developmental experience of smart tourism cities.

October 23-24, 2019

From October 23rd to 24th, the 2019 World Culture and Tourism Forum is being held in Xi’an, Shaanxi. Themed on ‘Intelligent Integration of Culture and Tourism’, the forum is being hosted by the Xi’an Municipal People’s Government and Ctrip Group, and consists of the opening ceremony, keynote speeches, sub-forums, etc. About 1000 guests have been invited. Among them are overseas guests from 26 countries and more than 200 domestic industry and enterprise representatives. The ambassadors to China, domestic and overseas cultural travel elites, well-known experts and scholars have attended the forum to jointly discuss the frontier issues of world tourism development, and provide intellectual support for the promotion of sustainable development of the sector. Fang Guanghua, Vice Governor of the People’s Government of Shaanxi Province, Li Mingyuan, Mayor of Xi’an Municipal People’s Government, Liang Jianzhang, Co-founder and the Executive Chairman of the Board of Ctrip.com International, Ltd., Li Baochun, Executive Deputy Secretary-General of World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF), etc. attended the opening ceremony and gave statements.

October 14-15, 2019

The 8th Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF)was held in Macao from October 14th to the 15th, 2019. The World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) attended the forum as the joint supporting unit. Li Baochun, the Executive Deputy Secretary-General of the WTCF attended the first GTEF·World Tourism Investment & Financing Conference and delivered a speech. As the joint supporting unit of the forum, the WTCF held the forum themed “Smart Cities to Smart Tourism Destinations: Towards Wellness and Happiness”. It discussed such topics as "How tourism cities and smart tourism merge to change the tourist experience", "How smart tourism city transform into smart tourism destinations" and "How the transformation process will have a healthy impact on tourism".

October 9-12, 2019

The 8th United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Summit on Urban Tourism was held in Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan, from October 9th to the 12th, 2019. The summit was co-sponsored by the UNWTO and the Mayor's Office of Nur-Sultan, with the theme "Smart Cities, Smart Destinations". The summit consisted of an opening ceremony, a high-level roundtable, keynote speeches, a sub-forum and so on. High-level representatives from 80 cities including 10 mayors, vice mayors, ministers, and 20 senior city representatives attended the summit. The summit emphasized the significance of smart cities in boosting socio-economic development, employment, infrastructural construction, technological innovation and sustainable use of resources. Additionally, it focused on how to develop smart cities, as well as the complex problems and challenges in the process of development.

September 2-4, 2019

From September 2nd through the 4th, the WTCF Helsinki Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2019, co-hosted by World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) and Helsinki was held in the esteemed Finland Hall, Helsinki. Themed on “Smart Tourism — Road to City Innovation and Development”, the summit  has promoted the world tourism industry to achieve another leap. There were about 40 tourism ministers, mayors from around the world, and key leaders from international organizations such as the UNWTO and the SCO to attend the summit. The summit has attracted more than 500 delegates from nearly 100 cities in about 60 countries.The Tourism Trade Fair and the Tourism Exhibition were also held during the summit. A total of 18 institutional members including CAISSA, Utour, Ctrip, Tuniu, CITS, CTS, CYTS, etc. conducted business negotiations with many companies within the tourism, hotel and cruise industries in Finland to promote seamless development.

June 21, 2019

2019 SCO Day & SCO Member States – The Eight wonders Exhibition Tour was held in Beijing in June 2019. Sponsored by SCO Secretariat, the event aims to summarise the activities SCO has held in the past year, express appreciation for all social circles’ support and assistance to the organisation, and promote the multi-faceted cooperation. Vladimir Norov, SCO Secretary-General, Shen Yueyue, vice-chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China, and Song Yu, Secretary-General of WTCF attended the event and made speeches.

June 19, 2019

In June 2019, the delegation of the Moscow City Tourism Committee held the“Discover Moscow Dialogue on Tourism Development” at the CIFTIS and BITE 2019. The theme of the event was "Discover Moscow", including a thematic discussion on "Event Tourism Promotes Destination Tourism Development" and "Exploring Moscow" keynote speech and other sections. Екатерина Проничева, President of the Moscow City Tourism Committee gave a speech. Li Baochun, Executive Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF, attended the event and delivered a speech.

June 17, 2019

In June 2019, the 7th China International Cruise Summit kicked off in Qingdao. The summit this year is co-sponsored by the Committee of Cruise Industry of WTCF and Asia Cruise Terminal Association (ACTA), and supported by Qingdao Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism, Qingdao Port Group Corporation and other institutions. Themed on ‘Promote the high-quality development of Chinese cruise tourism industry’, the summit aimed to build a platform for the communication and interaction among the field of Asian cruise industry. The summit included tourism exhibition fair, round table meeting, council meeting, opening ceremony and other sections, which has attracted 600 guests from over 20 countries such as the United States, Germany, Italy, Norway, Russia, Singapore, and the Philippines.

May 29, 2019

In May 2019, the WTCF Investment & Financing Conference, a special tourism activity of China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) was held. The event was hosted by WTCF, managed by the Committee of Investment of WTCF and supported by Beijing Municipal Culture and Tourism Bureau, Tianjin Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism, and Hebei Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism. More than 200 representatives attended the meeting, including representatives from Argentina, Dominica, Uzbekistan, Morocco, Israel, Seychelles, Cambodia, China and SCO, as well as project representatives from enterprises and investment funds domestic and abroad.

April 29, 2019

International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 Beijing is being held in Yanqing, Beijing from April 29 to October 7, 2019. As one of the invited international organizations, WTCF is staying for the entire event. During Beijing Expo 2019, WTCF provides complimentary exhibitions and negotiation areas for its members, which can be used for publicity, promotion, consultations and sales of tourism products. In addition, WTCF also holds a variety of additional tourism trade fairs and special promotion meetings, and many members have joined the activities at the expo.

April 25, 2019

In April 2019, during the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, WTCF and the West Africa Tourism Organization (WATO) signed a contract, and both parties will push forward the win-win mechanism of the Belt and Road tourism destination cooperation, set up the friendly China-African non-governmental cooperation platform, and establish the panoramic strategic partnership between the two organizations. The cooperation framework agreement signed by WTCF and the WATO has been placed on the outcome list of the Second Forum.

March 6, 2019

In March 2019, ITB Berlin 2019 was held in Germany, Berlin. WTCF introduced its annual research reports during the themed meeting “Presentation of WTCF Publications on China Outbound Tourist Consumption and World Tourism Economic Trends”, which included Report on World Tourism Economy Trends (2019), co-edited by WTCF and Tourism Research Center, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and the Market Research Report on Chinese Outbound Tourist (City) Consumption (2017-2018) with world’s leading market research institute, Ipsos.

January 16, 2019

On January 16, 2019, the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) and the Tourism Research Center, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (TRC-CASS) jointly released the Report on World Tourism Economy Trends 2019 (hereinafter referred to as “the Report”). More than 60 delegates from WTCF, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, such foreign institutions in China as Panama Embassy and South African Embassy, Chongqing City and Chinese domestic tourism-related agencies, as well as more than 100 domestic and foreign media jointly participated in the release and forum discussion of the Report.

December 11, 2018

On the afternoon of 11 December, the World Tourism Cities Federation Europe Tourism Conference, focusing on the conference theme of “China-Europe City Tourism Cooperation and Development”, held a forum, in which experts of WTCF’s expert committee, European city representatives, and tourism enterprise representatives concentrated on the discussion of the core concerns and trends in the current Chinese and European tourism destination cooperation including “European Tourism Cities and Chinese Outbound Tourism”, “Opportunities and Challenges for China-Europe Tourism Investment”, “New Hotspots and New Products in China-Europe Tourism Market” and so on. Two advocacies were reached.

December 10, 2018

From 10 to 12 December 2018, World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) and its member city Seville co-hosted the “WTCF Europe Tourism Conference 2018”, which opened at the FIBESⅡ. The conference, with the theme of “China-Europe City Tourism Cooperation and Development”, is the first large regional conference that has been held in Europe, aimed at profoundly discussing the important issues regarding the tourism cooperation between Chinese and European cities, and boosting the deep tourism cooperation between China and Europe, so as to generate new impetus to the world’s tourism development.

November 16, 2018

The China International Travel Mart 2018, co-hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China, Civil Aviation Administration of China, and Shanghai Municipal People's Government, opened on November 16. WTCF, representing its members, attended the mart, distributed publicity material to promote its members, extensively communicated and held talks with professionals of the industry, and proactively promoted the tourism resources of its city and institutional members. WTCF set up an exhibition booth at the mart, and streams of visitors stopped by the booth including its city and institutional member exhibitors and other visitors coming and going.

November 13, 2018

WTCF Executive Deputy Secretary-General Li Baochun and his delegation recently visited Edinburgh, and met with Edinburgh Mayor Lord Provost Frank Ross upon invitation at the government residence. Both sides held friendly discussion on the recent activities of WTCF and the tourism promotion of Edinburgh.

November 5, 2018

The World Travel Market was held at ExCeL London on November 5, 2018. WTCF was invited to attend the event and host the "China Outbound Tourism Development Trend" forum. Representing WTCF, Li Baochun, Executive Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF; Julie Chappell, Managing Director, International Markets, London & Partners; Howard Zhang, Chief Editor, BBC News Chinese; Amy Wei, GM of International Train Ticketing, Ctrip Group; Zhang Yingbing, Head Office, China International Service Limited; and Filippo Del Corno, Deputy Mayor, Culture of Comune di Milano, were present at the forum held that day.

October 30, 2018

On the afternoon of October 30, WTCF and the Overseas Chinese Media Cooperation Organization signed the strategic cooperation agreement in Beijing. According to the agreement, the OCM will use its resources, through newspapers, magazines, new media and other media platforms, to provide support for WTCF in event planning, press release, public relations publicity, marketing and other aspects. Meanwhile, WTCF will make use of the advantage of its platform, and conduct a preferential recommendation of the OCM’s media resources to its members.

October 26, 2018

On October 26, 2018, the mayor of WTCF member city Geneva Mr. SAMI KANAAN visited the Secretariat of WTCF and held working talks with Mr. Li Baochun, Executive Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF. Li Baochun, Executive Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF, welcomed the visit of Mayor SAMI KANAAN and his delegation, and introduced WTCF’s recent major work, featured member service projects, and future development plans.

October 23-24, 2018

The Global Tourism Economy Forum took place in Macao from 23 to 24 October, 2018. Li Baochun, Executive Deputy Secretary General of WTCF; Zhang Nan, Director of the General Business Department and other executives of the WTCF attended the forum.

October 15-25, 2018

From October 15 to 25, 2018, WTCF, commissioned by the Beijing office of the Moroccan National Tourist Office, organized the persons in charge of African business from 16 different travel agencies to visit the Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region to participate in the “Regional Tourism Market Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima” conference, and partake in a tour of the tourism-related resources of the Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region.

October 15, 2018

On 15 October, "Brand Evaluation-Tourism Destination" International Standard Proposal Symposium, organized by WTCF in association with the Center for City and Competitiveness, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and the China Council for Brand Development, was held in Zhangjiajie. The symposium is a phased symposium based on the standards of tourist destination brand evaluation.

October 12-13, 2018

The 2018 World Canal Cities Forum, jointly hosted by the World Historic and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organization (WCCO), and the China National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation, was held in the City of Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province from October 12-13. Those who visited the Yangzhou forum include more than 400 participants, who are representatives of more than 30 countries and more than 70 canal cities of the world, representatives of international organizations, national institutional officials, experts and scholars, representatives of the industry and so on. They shared their achievements, exchanged their cases, and jointly discussed the blueprint of the world’s canal business development.On behalf of WTCF, Jenny Cai, Director of WTCF Public Relations & Brand Marketing Department, was invited to attend the World Canal Cities Cultural Tourism Cooperation sub-forum.

October 13, 2018

On October 13, the 2018 Annual Conference of International Mountain Tourism Alliance was held in Guiyang City, Guizhou Province, China. As a supporter of this conference, WTCF Deputy Secretary-General Yan Han led a delegation to attend the conference, and delivered a speech at the opening ceremony.

October 9, 2018

On October 9, the 2018 Summit of the World Culture and Tourism Conference was held in Xi’an of China’s Shaanxi Province. With the theme of “Fusing Ideas and Talents to Build a Common Future”, the summit, which lasted for two days, was jointly hosted by Xi’an Municipal People’s Government, Shaanxi Provincial Tourism Development Commission, and Ctrip Group. The conference consists of the opening ceremony of the World Culture and Tourism Conference Summit, Xi’an Forum for Building A World Tourism Fashion City, and the World Culture and Tourism Conference’s forums with a series of themes. Those who attended the summit’s opening ceremony include officials from the UNWTO and the foreign embassies and consulates in China, persons in charge from the world’s Fortune 500 tourism enterprises and China’s Fortune 100 tourism enterprises, persons in charge from the Chinese domestic and international tourism destination marketing institutions, persons in charge from the key scenic spots and theme parks, and so on.

September 17-18, 2018

From September 17 to 18, Yan Han, Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF, and a delegation attended the 7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism, which was held in Seoul of the Republic of Korea. National and regional tourism ministers, mayors, and tourism department and enterprise leaders and experts from more than 50 countries visited the summit and discussed the “A 2030 Vision for Urban Tourism”. The summit was jointly organized by the UNWTO and the Seoul Metropolitan Government, and jointly supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, the Korea Tourism Organization and the Seoul Tourism Organization.

September 9-12, 2018

From September 9 to 12, the 2018 International Forum on Characteristic Tourism Development and Poverty Alleviation Cooperation in Western China was held in Yushu, Qinghai. The forum is sponsored by WTCF, the People’s Government of Yushu Prefecture, Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development and Beijing Poverty Alleviation Cooperation and Support Office, and organized by the Qinghai Yushu Commanding Office, Xinjiang Hetian Commanding Office and Tibet Lhasa Commanding Office of Beijing Leading Team for Targeted Aid and Economic Cooperation, and the Tourism Administration of Hetian, and the Tourism Administration of Lhasa City. Experts from WTCF Experts Committee, representatives of WTCF international city and institutional members, and more than 100 representatives from Yushu, Hetian and Lhasa were invited to attend the meeting.

September 7, 2018

On September 8, around the summit theme of "Orient Industry Trends, Brand Tourism Cities", WTCF organized four forum sessions, with the themes of “Building of Tourism City Brand”, “Rapid Rise of Mass Tourism and Its Global Impact”, “City Image and City Brand: How Can Tourism Cities Improve Their Image Through Branding?”, and “Creating and Managing Partnerships for City Branding and Promotion”. The second session was a special forum organized by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

September 7, 2018

On September 7, the Tourism Trade Fair was held during the World Tourism Cities Federation Qingdao Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2018. About 260 guests attended the trade fair, including 20 WTCF invited buyers, Qingdao tourism related enterprises and WTCF city members.

September 7-8, 2018

From September 7 to 8, the Four Cities Tourism Market Promotion Meeting, Chongqing Lunch Promotion and International Horticultural Exhibition Lunch Promotion were held during the WTCF Qingdao Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2018.

September 6-7, 2018

From September 6 to 7, the meetings of WTCF’s sub-committees, including the Committee of Media Organizations, the Committee of Tourism-Related Businesses, Committee of Civil Aviation, the Expert Committee, the Committee of Investment, and the Committee of Cruise Industry were held during the World Tourism Cities Federation Qingdao Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2018. During the meetings, the sub-committees summarized their achievements for the past year and discussed topics such as how to further discover and make full use of each committee’s advantages. They also expressed their determination to work together in the platform WTCF has provided, to strengthen organizational development, and promote cooperation among members.

September 7, 2018

During the World Tourism Cities Federation Qingdao Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2018, Mr. Karl Wöber, Director of Expert Committee, released the Annual Report on Development of World Tourism Cities (2018) ranking lists. The Annual Report on Development of World Tourism Cities is one of the most important research results of WTCF, and the ranking lists are the essential core of the report.

September 7, 2018

The World Tourism Cities Federation Qingdao Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit “Fragrant Hills Award” Ceremony was held on September 7th, 2018. The committee of the award has set several awards, namely the “Best Tourism City”, Innovative Development Award, City Marketing Award, Development Potential Award, Sustainable Development Award, Industrial Contribution Award, “Best Partner Award” and “Special Contribution Award”. 18 members of WTCF won the awards.

September 7, 2018

On September 7, during the World Tourism Cities Federation Fragrant Hill Tourism Summit, the World Tourism Cities Investment & Financing Conference was held. The theme of this year’s conference is “New Trend of the World Tourism Investment”. Li Weiqun, Chairman of WTCF Investment Committee; Qian Jiannong Global Partner of Fosun International, Chairman and CEO of Fosun Tourism Group; and Dr. Song Rui, Director of the Tourism Research Center of CASS and WTCF Specially Appointed Expert delivered keynote speeches respectively at the conference. The forum guests expressed their views focusing on the “The change of tourism investment method”, “The need & trend of tourism investment in your city”, and “The support of foreigh investment on city side”.

September 7, 2018

On the morning of September 7, the World Tourism Cities Federation Qingdao Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2018 grandly opened in WTCF’s member city Qingdao, China. This summit, with the theme of “Orient Industry Trends, Brand Tourism Cities”, is an event jointly hosted by WTCF and Qingdao Municipal People’s Government, and it consists of eight activities: opening ceremony and keynote speech, WTCF council meeting, summit forum, Tourism Market Promotion Conference, Tourism Trade Fair, World Tourism Cities Investment & Financing Conference, exhibition, and sub-committee activities. About 400 representatives from 59 nations, 112 tourism cities and more than 200 tourism-related enterprises, and many international organizations including the United Nations, attended the summit. More than 50 national tourism ministers and tourism city mayors attended the summit.

July, 2018

The first online celebrity deep travel lifestyle documentary Feel the World’s third season program Dilraba Feels Seychelles has been being aired on Sina Weibo in July. This program is another example of cooperation of WTCF joining hands with its institutional member Sina Travel and city member Victoria to promote destination tourism resources to Chinese tourists in a brand new way.

July 12, 2018

On July 12, the press conference for the WTCF Qingdao Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2018 was held in Beijing. Jointly hosted by WTCF and Qingdao Municipal Government, the summit will be held at Qingdao Shangri-La Hotel, with the theme of “Orient Industry Trends, Brand Tourism Cities”. At the press conference, WTCF Executive Deputy Secretary-General Li Baochun introduced WTCF and details about this year’s summit.

Cui Dezhi, Deputy Director of WTCF Qingdao Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit Organizing Committee and Director of Qingdao Tourism Development Committee, introduced the preparatory work of the summit. Luan Xin, Qingdao Organizing Committee Director of WTCF Qingdao Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit and Vice-Mayor of Qingdao Municipal People's Government, said in her speech that the WTCF Qingdao Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2018 will be another great international conference for Qingdao to hold, after the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Qingdao Summit 2018.

July 9, 2018

On July 9, the “International Mountain Tourism Alliance 2018” Beijing Forum was held at the Beijing Conference Center. This forum is the first big event held after the official founding of the International Mountain Tourism Alliance, and it takes “New Opportunity, New Perspective, New Driving Forces International Cooperation and Construction for Mountain Tourism Development in the New Era” as its theme.

Representing WTCF, Executive Deputy Secretary-General Li Baochun delivered a keynote speech themed on “Operation Mode and Experience Sharing of Professional International Toursim Organizations". He shared the development experience of WTCF, and emphasized that, as professional international organizations, WTCF and the International Mountain Tourism Alliance will actively cooperate, complement resources, and reach mutual benefits and achieve win-win results.

June 15, 2018

On June 15, the Beijing International Tourism Expo 2018 kicked off at the China National Convention Center in Beijing. WTCF and Côte d'Ivoire Bureau of Tourism co-hosted the Cote d'Ivoire tourism meeting.

June 15-17, 2018

On June 15, the Beijing International Tourism Expo 2018 kicked off at the China National Convention Center in Beijing. WTCF participated in the expo, and actively promoted its members.

May 26-28, 2018

From May 26 to 28, the “Pagoda Tree Flower Viewing”, 2018 Dalian China-Japan Tourism Communication Convention (Forum) and the 28th Japan Kitamae-bune Harbour Forum was held in Dalian.Nearly one thousand representatives from China, Japan, Germany, Russia, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Malaysia attended the convention. Li Baochun, Executive Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF delivered a speech during the opening ceremony. He introduced the development of WTCF in recent years and the current situation of China and Japan tourism communication.

May 23, 2018

On May 23, 2018, the “Standardization and Certification in Sustainable Tourism Sector” Seminar was held at the Marco Polo Parkside Hotel, Beijing. The seminar was jointly held by Australian EarthCheck, WTCF, Beijing Tourism Industrial Association, and China Standard Conformity Assessment Co., Ltd. Li Baochun, Executive Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF, delivered a keynote speech with the theme of “Dynamic Analysis on Tourism Industrial Development”. He also interpreted relevant policies in the Chinese tourism industry.

April 23, 2018

The 2018 WTCF Latin America Tourism Conference took place in Bogota, capital of Colombia from April 23 to 25. Among more than 200 attendees were representatives from city members and institutional members of the WTCF in Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Panama, Brazil, the U.S.A and China, media representatives, as well as tourism representatives from Colombia. This is a regional international tourism conference hosted by the WTCF and the Bogota City Council.

April 21, 2018

The China (Xiamen) International Leisure Tourism Expo 2018 organized by World Tourism Cities Federation and Xiamen Municipal Tourism Development Commission, hosted by Xiamen C&D International Travel Service Group Co., Ltd. was held on April 21. Mr. Ishige Jirou, General Manager of JTB New Century International Tours Co.,LTD, a Vice Secretary-General Unit of WTCF Council, delivered a speech on behalf of WTCF. Wei Xiaoan, Chief Expert of WTCF Expert Committee, delivered a keynote speech titled “The Future of Leisure and Leisure in the Future”. Ms. Chang Hong (Kate), Regional Director, China of Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, delivered a speech with the title “Oriented on Market Demand to Enhance the Basic R&D Capabilities of Los Angeles Tourism Products”.

April 19, 2018

On April 19, 2018, at the invitation of its institutional member Ctrip.com, WTCF Deputy Secretary-General Yan Han and WTCF Administrative and General Affairs Department Senior Manager Xu Wenbin visited Xi’an to participate in the “2018 Global Destination Marketing Summit and World Culture and Tourism Forum Opening Ceremony”. During the summit, representing WTCF, Deputy Secretary-General Yan Han signed the Strategic Cooperation Memorandum with Ctrip.com - the two parties have expressed that they will consider the requests of each other, fully utilize the advantages of the big data, great platforms, and influential users, sincerely collaborate, and tactfully support each other at work.

April 9, 2018

On April 9, 2018, the four-day “WTCF International Tourist Destinations Promotion and Marketing Training Program 2018” began in Beijing. More than 20 people participated in this training program, including WTCF’s city member representatives from Anuradhapura, Riga, Nairobi, Washington, London, Seville, Belgrade, Berlin, Jakarta, and Victoria; and representatives from the embassies and consulates of the U.S., Costa Rica, Panama, and so on.

March 26, 2018

On March 26, 2018, Yan Han, Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF, met with a delegation from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas through the recommendation of The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

March 7, 2018

On March 7, 2018, WTCF Secretary-General Song Yu met with Mr. Simon Kendall, Business Development Director – BBC World Service, and other members of the BBC delegation. Song Yu introduced to the visiting BBC guests the foundation, development, member service, and other aspects of WTCF. On March 9th, through the introduce of WTCF, the representatives of the BBC visited Sina Weibo’s Beijing Office and carried out fruitful discussions with Sina’s director.

March 7, 2018

On March 7, 2018, the 52nd Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin was officially opened in Berlin, capital city of Germany. As the Co-Host of 2018 ITB Berlin Convention, WTCF led a delegation to attend. Mr. Li Baochun Executive Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF, was invited to deliver opening remarks as the Co-Host representative of ITB Berlin at the opening ceremony of the convention.

March 1, 2018

The annual Guangzhou International Travel Fair (GITF) commenced on March 1, 2018, in Guangzhou. WTCF represented its members to participate in the trade fair, widely communicate with the professionals in the tourism industry, and actively promote the tourism resources of its city and institutional members.

February 1, 2018

On February 1, 2018, the China-Morocco Tourism Forum was held in Casablanca. The forum was jointly hosted by World Tourism Cities Federation, the Moroccan National Office of Tourism, and the Casablanca city. More than one hundred guests were invited to attend the forum. The forum’s theme: “China-Morocco Tourism Cooperation on Belt and Road Initiative”. The forum explored several important topics including “The ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ and Chinese-Africa Tourism Cooperation”, and “Moroccan Tourism Product Development and Marketing”.

A tourism trade fair was also held during the forum. Buyers from Chinese famous travel agencies and sellers from African travel agencies attended the trade fair and they exchanged opinions on how to develop the “Belt and Road Initiative” related tourism products.

January 29, 2018

On January 29, H.E. Mrs. Salma Elloumi Rekik, Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts, visited the WTCF Secretariat with a delegation, and had a work meeting.Deputy Secretary-General Yan Han introduced WTCF’s foundation, development, member services and other factors, and emphasized his introduction of the case and experience when WTCF worked to promote the tourism development of Morocco.

January 17, 2018

As the 2018 traditional Chinese Spring Festival is around the corner, WTCF held the 2018 New Year Reception in Beijing to express its gratitude to those that support and help WTCF, including tourism organizations, city members, institutional members, media, and the offices of the embassies and consulates to China of the WTCF member countries. In addition, WTCF also introduced the participating guests the work it has accomplished. 20 ambassadors and Charge D'affaires from Portugal, Estonia, Latvia, Cuba and Colombia attended the event, as well as more than 100 distinguished guests from 64 countries including representatives from SCO, UN, etc.

January 17, 2018

On January 17, 2018, WTCF released the Report on World Tourism Economy Trends (2018) in Beijing. The Report on World Tourism Economy Trends is a special report, which is WTCF’s research on the dynamic tendency and prediction of the world tourism economic development. After the report was released, it drew lots of attention and has been reposted and quoted by many individuals involved in the tourism industry.

January 1, 2018

The 2018 Beijing New Year's Eve Countdown Celebration and the Second Ice and Snow Cultural Tourism Festival Opening Ceremony kicked off at the south square of Beijing's Yongdingmen on January 1, 2018. During the countdown celebration, mayors of WTCF’s member cities including Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Seville, Spain; Lima, the capital city of Peru; and Helsinki, the capital city of Finland, all sent their blessings of the New Year to Beijing through their videos and expressed their best wishes to the beautiful life of Beijing’s New Year.

December 8, 2017

Recently, WTCF was invited by the Department of National Policy, Inter-Regional Relations and Tourism of the city of Moscow to gather its institutional members and tourism businesses to visit Moscow for tourism resource surveying.Those that participated in this survey expedition are institutional members of WTCF and tourism businesses, including CITS, CTS, Beijing China Travel Service, CEITS, Yangguan Tourism International Travel Agency, Caissa Touristic, Ctrip, Tuniu.com., China Comfort Travel etc.On December 8th, members of the survey group and representatives of Moscow Tourism Department and Moscow local travel agencies held profound face-to-face communication.

December 4-6, 2017

The 6th Global Summit on Urban Tourism, co-organized by MOTAC, and UNWTO, is being held in Kuala Lumpur from December 4-6. During the summit, Ms. Esencan Terzibasoglu, Director of the Destination Management and Quality Programme at the UNWTO, released the UNWTO-WTCF City Tourism Performance Research. Representatives of 5 cities including WTCF city members Buenos Aires, Hangzhou, Cape Town and Turin interpreted the report during the summit.

November 19, 2017

On November 19th, the 2nd Bo’ao International Tourism Communication Forum (ITCF) kicked off in Bo’ao Town, Qionghai City, Hainan Province. WTCF Deputy Secretary-General Yan Han was invited to attend the forum and delivered a speech. Through the successful tourism communication cases of London, Singapore, New York, and other cities, he systematically analyzed the international marketing cases of city brands with simple but effective methods.

November 17, 2017

The 2017 International Travel Mart 2017, jointly hosted by the China National Tourism Administration, Civil Aviation Administration of China, and People’s Government of Yunnan Province, kicked off in Yunnan on November 17. WTCF set up a booth to promote WTCF and its members, and also communicated and negotiated with its members who joined the travel mart.

November 16, 2017

On November 16, with the theme of “Vision Expansion • Pattern Breaking • Future Anticipation”, the First China Tourism Public Opinion (Fragrant Hills) Summit was jointly held by the Culture and Tourism Professional Committee of China Culture Administration Association and Public Opinion Monitoring Office of People.com.cn. WTCF Deputy Sectary-General Yan Han attended the event and delivered a speech.

November 6-8, 2017

The World Travel Market (WTM 2017) was held at ExCeL London from November 6-8, 2017. WTCF was invited to attend the event and hosted the "China Tourism Development Forum". Representing WTCF, Mr. Li Baochun, Executive Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF; Mrs. Nancy Cockerell, Expert of WTCF Expert Committee; and Mr. Roger Carter, Deputy Director of WTCF Expert Committee, were present at the forum held that day. They discussed the characteristics of China’s tourism market under the world tourism development trend in front of 50 visitors and media representatives at the site.

October 28, 2017

The first "2017 China Leisure Conference (2017 CLC)" was held in "China’s first Eco-city" Lishui, Zhejiang province on Nov. 19. At the conference, WTCF Executive Deputy Secretary-General Li Baochun delivered a speech, and Wei Xiao’an, Chief Expert of WTCF Expert Committee, delivered a leisure tourism topic presentation.

October 16, 2017

From October 16-17, the 6th Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF) was held in Macao. The Global Tourism Economy Forum • Macao 2017 was hosted by the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization, co-organized by the China Chamber of Tourism, and coordinated by the Global Tourism Economy Research Centre. On behalf of WTCF, Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF Yan Han, was an honored VIP Guest of the forum and he attended the event “16+1 Central and Eastern Europe Tourism Exchange with China”. As a strategic partner, WTCF hosted the panel discussion “Regional Collaboration—World Cities Perspective” during the forum.

October 11, 2017

On October 11, the 2017 China-ASEAN Expo Tourism Exhibition: China (Guilin) International Leisure Tourism Forum 2017, was held in Guilin. The forum was co-hosted by WTCF city member Guilin and institutional member Xiamen C&D International Travel Service Group Co., Ltd, and is also a cooperative venture between the two WTCF members. WTCF Deputy Secretary-General Yan Han representing WTCF attended the forum, and delivered the keynote speech “Strengthen Tourism City Exchanges, Promote Leisure Tourism Development.”

September 26, 2017

On September 26, Buenos Aires local time, the UNWTO-WTCF "Study of World Tourism Cities Performance" Seminar, organized by UNWTO and Buenos Aires City Tourist Board, was held in Buenos Aires. More than 100 representatives from UNWTO, WTCF, Argentina Tourism Bureau, Buenos Aires City Tourist Board, Brazil Tourism Bureau, and Spanish Tourism Bureau attend the seminar. Song Rui, special advisor with WTCF, and Director of the Tourism Research Center, Chinese Academy of Social Science, was invited to attend the seminar. She introduced the background and general situation of the project on behalf of WTCF and she also shared the research result of the Beijing case in the discussion session as the chief expert.

September 22, 2017

On September 22, Los Angeles local time, WTCF Secretary-General Song Yu and his delegation visited the Headquarters of the United Nations, and met with Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, and conversed with Under-Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin on the issue of WTCF striving to obtain the Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

September 20, 2017

On September 20, Los Angeles local time, The two-day WTCF Los Angeles Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2017 has come to conclusion.Song Yu, Secretary-General of WTCF, delivered a speech at the closing ceremony. He summed up the results of this summit, and on behalf of WTCF, he thanked Los Angeles and the guests for their support and attendance. After that, he presented souvenirs to Los Angeles city representatives. Patti MacJennett. Senior Vice President, Business Affairs at Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, delivered a speech and expressed gratitude for the success of the summit. Afterwards, she presented souvenirs to Mr. Song Yu in return.

September 20, 2017

On September 20, Los Angeles local time, the City Tourism Presentation took place during the Lunch Buffet. Representatives of Beijing and Chongqing promoted their cities in wonderful ways, showing the unique tourism resources of the two cities to the guests attending the summit.

September 20, 2017

On September 20, Los Angeles local time, the second day of the Summit proceeded to the four themed sessions, namely “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”. 400 representatives from tourism cities, tourism administration, and institutes of higher education attended the forums. The forum sessions culminated in the release of the WTCF research results.

September 20, 2017

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

September 20th, 2017

On September 20 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 20, 2017

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

September 19, 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 19, 2017

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

September 19, 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 19, 2017

On the afternoon of September 19, 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 19, 2017

On the afternoon of September 19, 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 19, 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 19, 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 2, 2017

On September 2, the UNWTO – 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 31, 2017

On August 31, 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 31, 2017

On August 31, 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 27, 2017

On June 27, 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 24, 2017

On June 24, 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, 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 16-18, 2017

The Beijing International Tourism Expo 2017 was held from June 16 to 18, 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 13, 2017

On June 13, 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 1-2, 2017

Between June 1 and 2, 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 27-June 2, 2017

From May 27 to June 2, "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 19, 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 15, 2017

On May 15, 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 15, 2017

On 15 May, 2017, 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.

April 19, 2017

On April 19, 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 17-20, 2017

On April 17, 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 30, 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 26 to 27. 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. 23 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 9, 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 5, 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. 30, 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. 27, 2016. Li Baochun, Executive Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF attended the ceremony and delivered a speech.

November 7, 2016

On Nov. 7-9, 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. 1-2, 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 15-16, 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 14, the Chinese Tourism Cities Overseas Promotion Seminar was held in Macao. The seminar was co-hosted by 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 1, WTCF iChannel was officially launched.

September 23, 2016

From September 23 to 25, 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

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