China will improve services for tourists through public-private partnerships (PPP), according to a guideline released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Ministry of Finance (MOF).
Overseas tourists will be able to enjoy a tax refund when shopping in Xiongan New Area, a new economic zone about 100 kilometers southwest of Beijing, starting May 1, the provincial government of Hebei announced Saturday.
A total of 149 million tourists are forecast to travel during the upcoming May Day holiday, up from 134 million last year, according to a survey by China Tourism Academy.
China will adopt a one-visit-only policy to streamline travel document applications nationally starting May 1, said Qu Yunhai, deputy director of the State Immigration Administration under the Ministry of Public Security.
China was the most important source market for tourist spending in 2017, according to preliminary data published by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on Tuesday.
DPRK leader Kim Jong-un visited the Chinese Embassy in Pyongyang on Monday morning to express his condolences over a bus accident in which 32 Chinese tourists died.
President Xi Jinping has urged maximizing safety precautions to protect the lives and assets of the public in an instruction on handling Sunday's fatal bus accident in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Chinese travel-information website Qyer and Quriosity Studio recently co-released the short-video series, Encounter, about the daily lives of locals in 11 countries.
The Foreign Ministry website said in a Monday release that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea had briefed the Chinese embassy on Sunday night that a serious traffic accident involving Chinese tourists had occurred on Sunday.
South China's island province Hainan plans to launch round-island tourism sea route by 2020, and build container shipping routes connecting all ASEAN countries.