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Trends: Beijing hosts youth travel conference

Postby long_way » Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:45 pm

Trends: Beijing hosts youth travel conference

Source: Global Times [17:05 October 20 2010]

Comments By Fang Yunyu

Tuesday, 565 delegates from 63 countries representing 362 organizations enthusiastically gathered at the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC), held in Beijing for the first time, for an in-depth discussion of the booming youth and student travel industry in China and beyond. The trade event is held annually by the World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation.
This year's event gathered travel companies and government organizations at the China World Hotel to network.

"China will become the most prosperous tourism country in the world in the next five years," WYSE Travel Confederation director general Robin Wicks told the Global Times. The non-profit provides help and suggestions to young people interested in study, work or travel abroad.

"We chose Beijing this time because the city is the cultural center of China," Wicks said. "And China is now having the most incredibly fast economic growth in the world. I'm impressed by the huge transformation that has happened in China during the last 30 years."

Part of that transformation is the increase in students traveling in and out of China.

"We arrange for 300 Chinese college students to work as interns in 95 other countries around the world," said Niko Wang, the director of the China northeast branch of the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience. "And 300 other foreign students also come to China to do their internships."

Zhang Ren, the deputy general manager of the Japan-China Culture Community Center in Beijing, revealed that in the past three years, Chinese students applying through their company to go to Japan for travel or study grew by 10 percent to more than 1,000 last year.

"China is a developing market. Considering the population, a scoop of that market is big," said Christian Millett from hostel company Wake Up! Australia.

Zhang Jun, the marketing and promotions manager for the Beijing branch of the German National Tourist Board revealed that Chinese were the second-largest population traveling to Germany last year. He estimated that this year, 1 million Chinese people will stay in Germany.

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