Eastern European countries bring market mix to GTEF 2017

The Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF), which promotes sustainable development of the global tourism industry with a focus on China, is scheduled to host its sixth annual edition in Macau on October 16 and 17.

Themed Regional Collaboration Towards a Better Future, the forum will embrace China’s “16+1” economic framework, with the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs) as featured partner countries and Guizhou Province as featured Chinese province.

Supporting China’s Belt and Road initiative and 16+1 economic framework

The 16 CEECs are Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

In support of the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, GTEF 2017 will also engage leaders in the public and private sectors in a forward-thinking dialogue on regional collaboration and sustainable tourism development.

Speaking at a recent GTEF roadshow in Beijing, Pansy Ho, vice chairman and secretary-general of GTEF, said: “We will continue to support our nation’s Belt and Road Initiative and promote regional collaboration to achieve strategic compatibility and complementary advantages along the Belt and Road regions, and to attain cooperation, common development, interconnection and interoperability around the world.”

The roadshow – which saw participation from outbound operators and agencies, travel executives in Beijing and MICE operators from Macau – led to further sign-ups for the forum’s business matching platform.

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