CHINA PERSPECTIVE: The Greater Bay Area – Visionary Collaboration in the Making

The latest statistics show that the Greater Bay Area – which takes in Guangdong province with its 9 cities, Hong Kong and Macao – received a total of more than 400 million tourists and tourism revenue of more than 1 trillion yuan ($153 billion) in 2016. Hong Kong and Macao remained the top destinations for mainland tourists, comprising 58 percent of the 122 million outbound travelers.

Together with the central government’s plan for the development of a city cluster in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, led by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, the plan is expected to elevate regional development and economic growth efficiency in the hub as a whole, while giving full play to the distinctive strengths of the region.

In this session, government officials and academics will share their outlook on the Greater Bay Area, which covers 5 percent of the country’s population but created 13 percent of the nation’s GDP in 2016. What are the policies that drive this ambitious regional collaboration initiative? What role will the Greater Bay Area play in this region’s tourism economy and in the global tourism economic supply chain? How can the Greater Bay Area’s tourism industry benefit from this regional collaboration?


     
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Opening Ceremony of the Global Tourism Economy Forum 2017
Group Photo of the China Daily Session
Keynote Speech by Prof. Bao Jigang, Director, Monitoring Centre for UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Observatories
Mr. JIA Yucheng, Deputy Director, Planning and Finance Department, China National Tourism Administration
Ms. Maria Helena DE SENNA FERNANDES, Director, Macao Government Tourism Office
Ms. Cathy CHU, Commissioner for Tourism, The Government of the HKSAR
Mdm. ZENG Yingru, Director General of Tourism Administration, Guangdong Province
Prof. SONG Haiyan, Associate Dean and Chair Professor, School of Hotel & Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Introduction by Mr. WEN Zongduo, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, China Daily Asia Pacific (Moderator)
Mr. SIO Chi Wai, President, Macao Development Strategy Research Centre
 
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