Memorandum Signed to Promote Tourism Exchange and Cooperation Between China and Italy
The tourism exchange and cooperation was the middle of a memorandum that was signed by Chinese provinces and Italian regions at the China Pavilion of Expo Milano 2015. Provincial representative on hand for the signing came from Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia, Shanghai, Henan and Shandong with 10 major regions in Italy including Lombardy.
Italy is considered an important strategic partner of China and this year the two countries celebrated its 45th anniversary of creating diplomatic ties and this year is also the ongoing world exposition in Milan. The memorandum includes policies that will encourage the interactions among people and provide mutual support, reinforce new media applications in different fields and organize staff trainings.
The signing was connected to the Belt and Road initiative that was introduced by Chinese President Xi Jingping in hopes to boost transport infrastructure building, financial cooperation, investment, cultural exchanges and trade facilitation between Asia, China and Europe. Italy is a convergence point of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. Therefore a Sino-Italian cooperation on the construction of One Belt, One Road to be the reference of all countries along the route.
For 2014, the number of Chinese tourists that traveled aboard increased by 19.5 percent or to 109 million topping the threshold of 100 million for the first time in history. The strong increase of outbound tourism made China a great exporter of tourists and the role of tourism in the global economy is the key driver for investments and employment and promotes industrial growth.