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The Development of Travel and Tourism Economy Benefits the Country a Lot


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---- Exclusive interview with Mr. Jean-Claude Baumgarten, the President of World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)

 

Mr. Jean-Claude began to work soon after he reached Diqing in the morning of September 8, despite of the hypoxia effect resulted from plateau. In accordance with the previous exchange with the journalist of this Magazine, he accepted the exclusive interview shortly after he returned the room nearly 10 o’clock at night.

 

The Chinese journalist of World Travel: As the authority in world travel and tourism community, you have been to China for many times and know China well. Would you like to share with us about your ideas on the promise of tourism development in China?

 

Mr. Jean-Claude: World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) is the largest private international organization in the field of travel and tourism. Our organization has a chain structure, with aviation and banks closely related. Why do we seek development opportunities and partners in China? Results released by our research center indicate that China will enjoy the fastest tourism development in future. In the past ten years, tourism in China has boasted an annual growth rate of 10%, which has generated numerous job opportunities. The fact that tourism business can provide job opportunities in the fastest manner and shortest period means it can support development of the West in China. The development of tourism is a business both for the whole country and the local government, so both should pay attention to it by developing infrastructures, improving the competency of practitioners, offering sound business environment and business opportunities. At the same time, partnership should be established with the international credible tourism businesses whose successful experience will boost the development of tourism in China. In future, 1.3 billion job opportunities will be generated in China because there is a population of 1.3 billion. As a non-governmental organization, WTTC has helped hundreds of travel and tourism businesses reach their targets. We are fully clear that the development of travel and tourism economy benefits the country a lot and can make the country know its own value. In addition, it can provide jobs and promote the world peace, which is universally recognized.

 

The Chinese journalist of World Travel: What’s your suggestion to the development of the private tourism business in China? And what’s your idea to the work done by Chamber of Tourism?

 

Mr. Jean-Claude: The travel and tourism business has maintained a strong momentum of development. The past year had witnessed many disasters in the world such as SARS and bird flow, which had led to economic stagnation. However, the travel and tourism business has recovered from June 2003, indicating its strong life with a lot of private businesses being its members. The foreign businesses hope that Chamber of Tourism can help them build a lasting and broad work chain for cooperation with China. So your work is very important. With these efforts, I am fully convinced that the development of tourism will play an increasingly important role in the economic development of China.

 

The Chinese journalist of World Travel: Another concern is ecological tourism and cultural tourism, is it suitable for the national realities of China? If so, how should we do?

 

Mr. Jean-Claude: China enjoys two advantages. First, the central government has the awareness and governance capacities to deter the damage to ecological and cultural environment. Second, China and businesses in China have social responsibilities to draw lessons from other countries and will not copy the history of destroying first and then restoration. And the damaged environment has attracted people’s attention. In fact, the growth of travel and tourism should respect the environment and adjust itself according to the environment. The local environment and life style should be respected, then comes the local social structure. This is very simple. If you destroyed the nature, the culture and the social structure, it means you have destroyed our products and output. So the productivity doesn’t go on smoothly. The protection of nature, environment and social structure is our promised responsibilities.

 

As it was the midnight, the journalist was reluctant to go on disturbing him. Before saying good-bye, Mr. Jean-Claude wrote the following words for this Magazine: Many thanks for your hard efforts and outstanding contribution to travel and tourism business in China.

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