China urged to tap potential of domestic tourism sector

Experts say easing rules, improving infrastructure could boost economy

The 500-man "Impression Lijiang" show in China's Yunnan province features the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the background. It is directed by renowned film director Zhang Yimou, and is a main tourist attraction in Lijiang.
The 500-man "Impression Lijiang" show in China's Yunnan province features the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the background. It is directed by renowned film director Zhang Yimou, and is a main tourist attraction in Lijiang.ST FILE PHOTO

Cross the Manchurian steppes by caravan or drive to key points along the ancient Silk Road from Urumqi to Xi'an: Such holidays may soon be possible if the tourism authorities get the green light to liberalise China's tourist industry.

Academics and officials have called on Beijing to accelerate the opening of the domestic tourism industry over the next two years to tap its potential as a growth engine amid China's slowing economy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 17, 2019, with the headline 'China urged to tap potential of domestic tourism sector'. Print Edition | Subscribe