Heads of tourism within the Pan-Pearl River Delta (PPRD) have signed a PPRD Regional Tourism Union Co-operation Agreement, which will see provinces and regions work together on seven aspects, including promoting cooperation between the mainland and the SAR duo of Hong Kong and Macau.
Other areas include building the PPRD tourism brand and designing quality tourist routes, conducting overall tourism marketing strategies, establishing a sound tourism market order, strengthening the training of tourism talents and cooperation among think tanks, and improving cooperation mechanism.
The signing took place at the 2017 PPRD Regional Cooperation Chief Executive Joint Conference – set up in 2004 as a State Council-approved platform for regional cooperation and communication – and was witnessed by chief executives of nine provinces and the two SARs as well as leaders from the relevant Chinese ministries.
PPRD covers nine provinces, namely, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan, and the SARs of Hong Kong and Macau.
In March 2016, the Pan-Pearl River Delta Regional Cooperation was officially included into the Outline of the 13th Five-Year Plan for Economic and Social Development as a national strategy. That meant the region takes the lead in promoting reform, be a key engine for China’s economic growth and the Belt and Road Initiative, and fast tracks Mainland-Hong Kong-Macau cooperation.