Chen Peng, a member of the Standing Committee and Director-General of the Publicity Department of the CPC Changsha Municipal Committee, presided over the Welcome Dinner. He welcomed all the guests and friends to Changsha on behalf of the CPC Changsha Municipal Committee and Changsha Municipal People's Government. "We sincerely welcome all guests to feel the charm of Changsha, to care for and support our city, and to invest and flourish here. Changsha could be the home to you all," said Chen.
On 10 May, the World Tourism Cities Federation Changsha Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2023 officially kicked off in Changsha, China. Themed "Gathering the Strength of Cities to Revitalize World Tourism", it is an event jointly hosted by the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) and Changsha Municipal People's Government. International organizations including the United Nations (UN), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the World Tourism and Tourism Council (WTTC), the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the Global Tourism Economic Forum (GTEF) are attending the summit as important partners.
On 10 May, the World Tourism Cities Federation Changsha Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2023 took place in Changsha, China. A special forum for foreign ambassadors to China was organized during the Summit, themed "Tourism Recovery: Challenges and Cooperation". Eight ambassadors to China from Colombia, Ethiopia, Jordan, Malta, Moldova, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago attended the Forum. They shared their countries' resources and innovative measures for tourism recovery and discussed emerging trends and needs in the global tourism landscape. Tian Wei, a host from CMG-CGTN, moderated the forum.
On 10 May, the 2023 World Tourism Cities Federation Changsha Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit was held in Changsha, China. The segment of mayors' dialogue invited Sunita Dangol, Deputy Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City in Nepal, Elvis Lexin La Torre Uñaccori, Mayor of Machupicchu in Peru, Sun Lei, Vice Mayor of Sanya in China, and Lydia Beryl Charlie, Acting Mayor of Victoria in Seychelles, to have in-depth discussions on the topic of "New Measures of City Tourism Development".
At the Summit, Yang Shuo, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) and James George, Deputy Resident Representative in China of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), jointly released The Sustainable Development of World Tourism Cities in the COVID Context: The Research on Chinese Actions (hereinafter referred to as The Research on Chinese Actions).
WTCF and CASS's Tourism Research Center have jointly conducted a study and published this Report which is aimed at expediting the global tourism industry's revival, according to Song Rui. The Report provides a comprehensive analysis and summary of the global tourism industry's economic recovery in 2022 from global, regional, national, municipal, industrial and other perspectives, and reveals five key features of the industry's recovery in 2023.
The session was moderated by Svetlana Skorikova, Senior Manager of WTCF, and featured video messages sent by Zoritsa Urosevic, Executive Director of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Julia Simpson, President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). Urosevic said that the tourism industry has once again shown great resilience, and estimated that the international tourist numbers will reach 95% of those seen in the pre-pandemic era, a result which should be attributed to the joint efforts of all stakeholders. Simpson expressed appreciation for how WTCF brings together tourism cities across the world and continues to provide an excellent platform for sharing best practices and promoting cooperation, which has brought about fruitful results.
Two segments of this year's World Tourism Cities Federation Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit, namely the Promotion Conference for Tourism Investment and Tourism B2B Matching, were launched in Changsha on 11 May.
From 9 to 11 May, the World Tourism Cities Federation Changsha Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2023 was jointly hosted by World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) and Changsha Municipal People's Government in Changsha, China. On the final day of the Summit, a closing dinner was hosted to bid farewell to the Chinese and foreign guests, wishing them a delightful evening filled with profound memories of Changsha, a starry city with a radiant aura.
To celebrate the success of the summit, Changsha Municipal People's Government presented an evening show of music and fireworks at Juzizhou (also known as the "Orange Island"), with an audience of 400,000 gathered by the Xiang River and a further 200,000 viewers at Yuelu Mountain.