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Officials and experts advocate for stronger collaboration in order to revitalize global tourism

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At the World Conference on Tourism Cooperation and Development, held Friday in Beijing, officials and experts advocated for stronger cooperation to help the global tourism industry recover from the devastation caused by COVID-19.

Many countries are currently considering implementing a system of “vaccine passports,” in the hope that a broad system of mutual recognition of personal health information can be built to provide technical support for the recovery and development of global tourism, according to Du Yili of the World Tourism Cities Federation.

Moin ul Haque, Pakistan’s Ambassador to China, expressed high hopes for tourism exchanges between China and Pakistan, noting that the two countries have signed a memorandum of understanding on tourism cooperation, and Pakistan is developing a Chinese tourism website and striving to provide tailored services for Chinese tourists.

The pandemic had a significant influence on the development of global tourism last year, with tourist investment falling by 29.3 percent year on year, according to Du, who also stated that revenue from global tourism-related lodging and catering fell by 46.3 percent and 28.2 percent, respectively.

While COVID-19 has had a significant impact on global tourism, it has also expedited the industry’s transition and upgrading. According to Beijing Mayor Chen Jining, widespread use of smart technologies such as 5G plus artificial intelligence and 5G plus virtual reality is critical to rejuvenating tourism.

Chen expressed his hope that countries and businesses will stay informed about these new developments and promote the digital and intelligent development of tourism.

The meeting, a summit of the current 2021 China International Fair for Trade in Services, drew more than 360 officials, international organization representatives, and entrepreneurs from over 40 nations and regions.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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During the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, China anticipates 40 million domestic trips

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According to the China State Railway Group Co., Ltd., 40 million domestic journeys are expected in China during the four-day travel rush for the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday.

According to the firm, passenger trips are projected to peak on Sunday, the opening day of the three-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, with 11 million trips estimated on that day.

The railway passenger flow is likely to return to last year’s levels, according to the business, citing bookings made on 12306.cn, China’s official railway ticket reservation website.

The Mid-Autumn Celebration, which takes place on September 21 this year, is a traditional festival that represents family reunions.

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Global automakers and experts appeal for NEV collaboration

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To attain the aim of carbon neutrality, major global automakers and experts have advocated for more extensive collaboration in the field of new energy vehicles (NEVs).

Speaking at the 3rd World New Energy Vehicle Congress (WNEVC), international participants stated that because China is the world’s largest auto market, they are eager to collaborate with Chinese partners to combat climate change and create a more beautiful world.

The three-day event, titled “Comprehensively advancing marketization, accelerating cross-industry integration, and collaboratively achieving carbon neutrality,” was held from September 15 to 17 in Haikou, the capital of south China’s Hainan Province.

British Trade Commissioner for China John Edwards said he urges more Chinese companies to seek collaborative opportunities with the UK and assist develop the battery and new energy vehicle markets.

“China and the United Kingdom both have extensive plans for zero-emission vehicles. I am confident that by exchanging ideas and working together, such as at this event, we can accelerate innovation and create a successful environment for meeting our zero-emission car goals “According to Edwards.

BMW, a business that has been active in the Chinese market for decades, has declared its support for China’s green transformation.

By cooperating with Chinese enterprises, the German manufacturer claimed it will deliver more zero-emission vehicles for the Chinese market and extend the number of public charging stations. BMW is forming partnerships with Chinese digital behemoths to assist startups in technological innovation, according to BMW Chief Development Officer Frank Weber in a video speech.

ZF, a global auto-system supplier, has established roughly 50 manufacturing businesses and four R&D centers in more than 20 Chinese cities.

Holger Klein, a member of ZF Group’s management board, stated that the company will continue to improve its innovation and development capabilities, as well as promote digital manufacturing for the Chinese NEV market, in order to contribute to China’s sustainable development and next-generation mobility.

Noting that China is the world’s largest market for electric vehicles, Hans Georg Engel, senior executive vice president of Daimler Greater China Ltd., stated that the company will establish an R&D center in Beijing with over 1,000 engineers and will continue to invest in China to improve its research capabilities.

Daimler, in particular, will focus on the research and development of electric vehicles and battery technology in order to give personalized goods to Chinese consumers, he added.

According to Liu Yunfeng, vice CEO of Volkswagen Group China, the German carmaker Volkswagen wants to create 17,000 high-power charging sites in China before 2025 and 32,000 by 2030, emphasizing that reaching carbon neutrality takes work from every country around the world.

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO of the Global Environment Facility, reiterated Liu’s views, urging intense cooperation in terms of technologies and markets to aid the development of the NEV industry in developing nations.

 

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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An Australian scholar applauds China’s crewed expedition for space station development

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According to an Australian astrophysics’ professor, the achievement of China’s first manned mission during the construction of its space station demonstrated the country’s ambition and space capacity.

On Saturday, Brad Tucker, an astrophysicist, and cosmologist at the Australian National University (ANU), told Xinhua that the assignment was an important step in completing the Tiangong space station.

“The taikonauts put in a lot of effort to get the Tiangong space station up and running, with repeated spacewalks and renovations,” he said. “This is exactly the work that was required to get Tiangong up to full operational capacity.”

He observed that when the International Space Station began to age, “it is equally crucial that this (Tiangong) be operational and can perform science into the future, which was what their 90-day mission was striving towards.”

“It means that in the future, not only the International Space Station but also the Tiangong space station, can host experiments from all over the world,” Tucker explained.

Three Chinese astronauts, the first to be deployed into orbit for the construction of China’s space station, concluded their three-month mission and safely returned to Earth on Friday.

According to the China Human Space Agency, the success of the Shenzhou-12 manned spaceflight mission created a firm basis for the country’s space station’s future construction and operation.

 

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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