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Build the Environment Friendly


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Wang Ping: Member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference;
President of the Chamber of Tourism of All-China Federation 
of Industry & Commerce (ACFIC)
3rd July, 2007 Lanzhou, China
 

Dear Representatives

 

I am very happy that the 2nd Silk Road Mayor’s Forum is held in Lanzhou, the famous ancient city prospered along with the Silk Road.

 

First of all, I would like to extend my gratitude to Mr. Hou Weitai, representative of the Silk Road Initiative (SRI) of UNDP for his kind invitation. The Silk Road had been a vibrant trade route since its birth, and later on it evolves into a road of exchange, a road of peace, and a road of harmony. These elements echo the current global tourism trend.

 

As president of the Chamber of Tourism of All-China Federation of Industry & Commerce, I have, on behalf China’s emerging private tourism, participated in a host of relevant symposiums including the Silk Road Forum, Forum for Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) and Euro-Asian Continental Bridge Economic Cooperation Forum. The SRI is a priority of the Chamber of Tourism of ACFIC. Chinese tourism has undergone significant changes over the years. Now, I would like to share with you some information about domestic tourism: as Chinese economy surges, the domestic outbound tourism market is shifting from public-dominated to a private-dominated one. In 1993, the private and public outbound arrivals accounted for 40% and 60% of the total arrivals respectively. However, according to statistics in 2006, the two figures were 83% and 17% respectively. This indicates that China has become the largest tourist exporter in Asia and one of the fastest growing outbound tourism markets with the largest potential and influence. It is notable that Central Asian countries along the Silk Road are the best option for outbound Chinese tourists.

 

China is a facilitator for world peace and prosperity. Chinese tourists can experience different traditions and cultures during their outbound visits, which greatly enriched their life. At the same time, they have substantially contributed to the local economy. So it is fair to say that China’s economic benefits are shared among all countries through tourism. 

 

At present, global warming is threatening us with unprecedented momentum. Under these circumstances, we should encourage environment friendly actions such as, energy conservation, and emission reduction and mitigation. Here, I would like to call on all the other countries, on behalf of non-public tourism sector of China: tourism is a peaceful undertaking, and it should grow towards environment friendly and energy efficient pattern.

 

With regard to the tourism along the Silk Road, I have the following proposals:

 

I. Tap the tourism resources with the concept of “pan-tourism” to promote even economic development in the Central Asia Region

 

Given the global context as well as highly open economy and culture, no industry can develop without integrating with other related industries. The “pan-tourism” is dedicated to developing catering, board, transportation, shopping and entertainment in an all-round way, and to integrating upstream, midstream and downstream sectors in tourism and form a complete industry chain. With this concept, we want to forge an economic unity to promote the tourism and economy for cities along the Silk Road and even the whole Central Asia at large. Xinjiang is a role model in implementing ‘pan-tourism”. Xinjiang takes tourism as the backbone of investment attraction. It has done a lot of effective work in attracting investment to new cities, and in stimulating related sectors including transportation, hotel, tourism agency, sightseeing and agricultural produce. 

 

II. A new concept of resource --- “protection goes before development” shall be adopted in developing the Silk Road

 

Along the Silk Road, there are countless tourism resources to offer, for example, the snow-capped mountains, the vast deserts, lakes and marshes. For a long time, many resources are either neglected or not properly developed, so many places remain virgin. Despite the development backwardness of these places, we are blessed with the strategic position to avoid industrialization fallouts experienced in developed area. Therefore, we should develop and use these resources in a sustainable manner. Whilst we should also be clear that the Silk Road areas are environmentally vulnerable. We should have a scientific plan before development, and environmental protection should go before development.

 

III. Develop cultural specialty, create the “Silk Road” image

 

The Silk Road has rich cultural elements with more than 1,000 years of history. It is a bridge and a bond. As we know, history and culture can never be imitated. We should make good use of the cultural resources which play an important role in the future “Silk Road” tourism products.

 

The ancient Silk Road connected Euro-Asia and forged a continental friendship bond that knows no border. The Silk Road also presented a new era. Ever since its birth, it has been worshipped as the “Heavenly Road”. “Silk Road” has already become a household name, a famous brand and a trade mark with enormous brand value. We should leverage the brand edge in tourism development and constantly improve it to be one of the world renowned brands.

 

IV. Develop the tourism resources with the sustainable development outlook

 

Sustainable development includes two parts: first, protect the environment, protect biodiversity. Many lessons of destructive development tell us that violation of the law of nature will bring no good or even disasters. Future economic development must be accompanied with a complete ecosystem. The Silk Road we are talking about is a complete ecosystem because it involves deserts which are water source for the whole system. Meanwhile, we should give equal attention to every link of the ecosystem chain, otherwise, it will reduce to disequilibrium and bring explosive disasters.  

 

Second, protect ethnic cultural and traditional diversity. The Silk Road has always been the home to a number of ethnic minorities. Only In Xinjiang, there are 47 ethnic minority groups, many of which created their own characters. Ancient literatures unearthed from Turfan since the end of 19th century to 20th century were recorded in at least 17 languages, and languages used for writing are as many as 24. This is a living proof that local culture was highly diversified and prosperous, and that the Silk Road is not only a trade route but also a unique culture melting pot. Therefore, the protection of ethnic cultural diversity is an important part of not only sustainable tourism and economy, but also national cultural protection.

 

The past has proved that economic development and culture cultivation go hand in hand with each other. Our ancestors pioneered with broad vision and wisdom the Silk Road --- treasure of human civilization. And we are reaping the rewards they had created. Let us cherish it and care for it.

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