China celebrates Tourism DayMay 20th, 2012 - 3:14 am ICT by IANS
Beijing, May 20 (IANS) China Saturday celebrated Tourism Day with various activities across the country to welcome tourists from home and abroad.
Travel agencies and hotels have announced discounts to boost business. The Tourism Day was approved as a non-statutory holiday by the government in 2011.
This year’s Tourism Day theme was “Healthy lifestyles and happy travels”.
In Beijing, sight-seeing spots were opened for free visits Saturday.
In Zhangjiajie city, a tourist attraction, events were organised to mark the occasion. Vice Premier Wang Qishan also attended.
Students from Hong Kong participated in a flag-raising ceremony at the Tiananmen Square and climbed the Badaling Great Wall in Beijing, Xinhua reported.
According to official data, the country’s tourism revenue hit 2.25 trillion yuan ($356 billion) in 2011, up 20.8 percent year-on-year.
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