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6th Chengdu International Tourism Expo (CITE) 2018 6th Chengdu International Tourism Expo (CITE) 2018

Chengdu Offers 144-Hours Visa Free to 53 Countries

Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province in China, is offering a 144-hours Transit Visa Free to the holders of 53 foreign countries from January 01, 2019, as part of the city’s plan to boost its development as an international destination for tourists.

This was announced by Duoyang Namu, director general, Chengdu Municipal Tourism Administration, at the official opening of the 6th Chengdu International Tourism Expo (CITE) 2018 which was staged at the Century City New International Exhibition Center between November 29 to December 01.

The CITE 2018 , one of the leading travel show in Chengdu for professionals in the tourism industry, saw a record number of 500 Chinese and foreign exhibitors from over 30 countries, including global national tourism organisations, leading tour agencies and attractions, and more than 300 hosted buyers from Sichuan and other provinces. Some 3,000 industry members visited the event.

The highlight of CITE 2018 was the participation of the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) and the European Spas Association (ESPA) as part of the just concluded EU-China Tourism Year, aimed at increasing the number of Chinese tourists visiting Europe.

Prior to the opening of CITE 2018, members of the European contingent also conducted a seminar on their touristic products and conducted business-to-business meetings with some 100 Chinese travel agencies at the Hilton Hotel. Many of the European tour operators were in Chengdu for the first time.

In addition to the choke-full of exciting activities and destination presentations, two days of B2B networking sessions and luncheon were conducted by effectively matching some 300 hosted buyers with enthusiastic exhibitors within the exhibition hall. Most of the meetings were matched through the Pre-Scheduled Appointments system (PSA), while some were managed on the spot.