Portuguese-speaking countries try to attract Chinese tourists at Beijing fair

20 June 2007

Beijing, China, 20 June – Brazil, Cape Verde and East Timor are the only Portuguese-speaking countries taking part in the Beijing International Tourist Exposition, the event’s organizers said Tuesday, with the three countries trying to attract the Chinese tourist market.

The Beijing International Tourist Exposition (Bite) is on in the Chinese capital from June 21 to 23 and will bring together around 800 exhibitors from 80 countries, including Chinese and international tour operators and destinations.

According to the event’s organizers, Bite 2007 is expected to be attended by 20,000 people, which has led Brazil, Cape Verde and East Timor to take advantage of the fair to attract Chinese tourists.

China, which has a population of 1.3 billion people, is an increasingly attractive market for attracting tourists, as the number of Chinese travelling outside the country is continuously on the rise, due to the country’s economic growth and its policies of reform and opening up to the outside.

In 2006 consolidated its position of the largest source market for tourists in the whole of Asia, with 34.52 million Chinese taking foreign trips, 11.27 percent more than in 2005. (macauhub)