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Culture, tourism forum explores new BRI cooperation
Updated: 2018-09-28 16:58:22
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Luo Shugang, Chinese Culture and Tourism Minister, gives the keynote speech during the 3rd Silk Road (Dunhuang) International Cultural Expo Culture and Tourism Forum, on Sept 27, 2018. [Photo by Chen Rong/provided to Chinculture.org]

The Culture and Tourism Forum, which took place Thursday during the third Silk Road (Dunhuang) International Cultural Expo in Dunhuang, Northwest China's Gansu, provided a chance to discuss the future of culture and tourism as well as cooperation among countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.

Chinese Culture and Tourism Minister Luo Shugang attended the event, along with culture and tourism ministers from seven other countries. Other participants in the discussion included the heads of several international cultural and travel enterprises, such as The Walt Disney Co, Thomas Cook and Worldland.

During the keynote speech, Luo emphasized the close relationship between culture and tourism, as well as China's work in strengthening the two sectors.

"Culture is at the heart of tourism. Engagement with local culture helps satisfy tourists' needs for new knowledge and experiences," Luo said. "Tourism provides opportunities for cultural exchange, as tourists can access the delights of local values, traditions and philosophy when they meet locals and explore the destination."

After forming the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Chinese government has carried out a top-tier design for promoting culture and tourism sectors, aiming to offer more quality cultural content and travel products.

The Culture and Tourism Forum of the 3rd Silk Road (Dunhuang) International Cultural Expo takes place in Dunhuang, Northwest China's Gansu province, on Sept 27, 2018. [Photo by Chen Rong/provided to Chinculture.org]

"In the future, we are willing to work with other BRI countries to carry out more joint programs, increase trade and investment in culture and tourism, and tap the potential of Silk Road heritage," Luo said, also stressing the need to organize more training programs for international talent.

"We shall continue to uphold the spirit of peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit as a legacy of the ancient Silk Road. I hope that we will break more new ground for cooperation in Silk Road culture and tourism, to boost our efforts to pursue the BRI," Luo said.

Minister Luo Shugang's counterparts from other countries -- including Armenia, Benin, Mauritius, South Sudan, Thailand, Morocco and Ukraine -- gave speeches during the forum, expressing their support for future collaboration and better cooperation modes in culture and tourism.

Tang Renjian, governor of Gansu province, said the forum, together with the expo, builds a platform for global teamwork as well as exchanges among Chinese provinces. "This event will help Gansu transform our cultural and tourism resources into strengths."

Jeff Scotland, vice president of the Walt Disney Company, shares his view on cultural tourism during the 3rd Silk Road (Dunhuang) International Cultural Expo Culture and Tourism Forum, on Sept 27, 2018. [Photo by Huang Lei/provided to Chinaculture.org]

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