Chinese VP: Tourism strategic pillar of national economy

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BEIJING, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) — Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan on Sunday called for sound and fast development of the nation’s tourism industry as he called it a strategic pillar of the national economy.

The tourism industry has huge potential, which needs further opening up, reform and innovation. Market should play a fundamental role in allocating the resources, Wang told a meeting of tourism work.

He stressed the diversified needs of customers should be met, and the market order should be standardized to protect customer’s legitimate rights.

“Local authorities should work together to make tourism a strategic pillar industry,” he said.

Wang also noted tour guide forces play a very important role in the industry development.

More training should be arranged in the areas of professional skills and ethics, as well as response to emergencies.

The wage and social security system of the work force should also be improved, he said.