2nd China-Russia-Mongolia Tourism Ministers’ Meeting Convenes
On June 21, the 2nd China-Russia-Mongolia Tourism Ministers’ Meeting was staged in the capital city Ulan-Ude of the Republic of Buryatia, Russian Federation. CNTA chairman Li Jinzao, head of Russian Federal Agency for Tourism Oleg Safonov and state secretary of Mongolian Ministry of Environment and Tourism Ts. Tsengel attended and addressed the meeting. The three parties exchanged ideas and reached extensive consensus on issues of common interest such as how to deepen pragmatic tourism cooperation, expand tourism exchange, improve tourist services and better align the development strategies of the three countries to facilitate the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative. The Meeting Minutes were signed after the meeting. At the meeting, local government officials including those from Inner Mongolia and business representatives including those from Hubei Kanghui International Travel Agency shared their experience. The meeting attracted an audience of nearly 200 including Chinese, Russian and Mongolian tourism delegations and journalists.
Li said, “The Belt and Road Initiative, since it was proposed by the Chinese government in 2014, has been warmly received by other countries along the Belt and Road including Russia and Mongolia. Since the 1st China-Russia-Mongolia Tourism Ministers’ Meeting in Hohhot in last July, our tourism cooperation has been deepening and our tourism exchange expanding, laying down a strong popular basis for China-Russia and China-Mongolia comprehensive strategic partnerships, and growing into an integral part of trilateral cooperation. Following the Plan Outline for Building China-Russia-Mongolia Economic Corridor, Chinese, Russian and Mongolian tourism authorities have jointly set up the “Tea Road” International Tourism Alliance, hosted thematic exchange and promotional activities, and opened international chartered tourist flights and trains, to stimulate tourism development and elevate trilateral tourism cooperation to a higher level. China would like to work with Russia and Mongolia to seize the opportunity of the times, and facilitate tourism connectivity and cross-border tourism; develop the golden travel route of the Tea Road and mobilize resources along it through tourism development; strengthen cooperation in cross-border tourism and launch pilot projects in this regard; give play to tourism’s stimulating role and develop holistic tourism; promote tourism sustainability and grow the tourism industry.”
In his remarks, Mr. Safonov noted, “As Russia, China and Mongolia tighten tourism cooperation, more and more institutions and businesses have stepped in, strongly boosting tourism development and trilateral relations.” He suggested strengthening cooperation to contribute to the development of Russia-China-Mongolia Economic Corridor. “(We shall) jointly foster tourism brands, integrate government, business and social resources, and continue to build up the brand recognition and influence of the Tea Road; improve tourist services and transport facilities, simplify visa procedures, and create a safe, comfortable travel environment; establish a system to ensure tourists’ safety, share information in a timely manner and respond to emergencies together; and vigorously develop youth tours, aviation tours and medical tours, etc.”
Ts. Tsengel said, “Mongolia, China and Russia enjoy long-standing friendship and have launched extensive cooperation in economic, political and especially tourism spheres. The Tea Road project, a key project of trilateral tourism cooperation, has produced remarkable outcomes and significantly expanded the trilateral tourism.” He looked forward to more pragmatic cooperation in the Tea Road project and called for joint actions to market and build up the brand recognition of the Tea Road. He proposed to “strengthen cooperation at the state, local and business level and encourage more to contribute to tourism development; improve tourist services and highlight local and ethnic characteristics; simplify visa and entry formalities and roll out more conveniences for tourists; jointly organize tourism studies and training programs.”
Tsengel believed that the China-Russia-Mongolia Tourism Ministers’ Meeting was of historic significance and would help consolidate the basis for tourism development in the three countries.
It’s agreed to host the 3rd edition of the meeting in Ulaanbaatar in 2018.
Following the meeting, the three delegation heads took questions from the media at the press conference. Li Jinzao introduced the tremendous changes in Chinese tourism industry in the past three years, as well as CNTA's efforts in promoting holistic tourism, Tourism Plus, the Toilet Revolution and red tourism, etc.