China-EU tourism cooperation boosts, official says

CGTN | April 09, 2019

The 2018 EU-China Tourism Year was a success, an official recently said.During the tourism year, China and the EU held more than 100 promotional activities. It "has been extremely successful," said Eduardo Santander, executive director of the European Travel Commission (ETC).There was a 5.1-percent year-on-year increase in Chinese arrivals in EU destinations in 2018, and among the top ones in terms of the volume of Chinese arrivals were Britain, Germany and France, according to the latest figures from the ETC and the air travel analysis agency ForwardKeys.

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Booking a hotel room for a business trip isn’t the same as booking a room for a business trip. There are so many things to consider: will your traveller need to check-in early so they can freshen up before a meeting? Will they need a workspace and WiFi? Will they need breakfast? What time will they need to check out

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