International Academic Conference of “Third East-West Dialogue on Tourism and the Chinese Dream” Held in Australia

[Source]    People’s Daily [Time]    2017-12-05 18:02:56 

Recently, the Tourism Confucius Institute at Griffith University and Griffith Institute for Tourism co-hosted an international academic conference of “Third East-West Dialogue on Tourism and the Chinese Dream” in the Golden Coast, Australia.

Professor Ian O’Connor, President of Griffith University, addressed at the opening ceremony and believed that Chinese dream together with the desire of Chinese people for better life will remarkably boost the development of tourism in China and Australia, especially leading to a dramatic increase in the number of Chinese citizens traveling to the country, and that while leading a better life, Chinese outbound tourists constitute the direct representation of China’s development and civilized tourism.

Professor Ian O'Connor, President of Griffith University addressing at the opening ceremony

Zhou Li, Deputy Chinese Consul-General in Brisbane, pointed out in her address that Australia, as one of the overseas tourist destinations most favored by Chinese citizens, will fully share the dividends brought by the development of China’s outbound travel. She also stressed that the recently-concluded 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has made the voice of Chinese dream more resonant than ever in the world, and that with the number of Chinese outbound travelers on the rise, the Chinese dream will be revealed to the full in other parts of the world, thus making the world better understand China.

Zhou Li, Deputy Chinese Consul-General in Brisbane giving an address

At the following academic conferences, panel discussions on topics such as “Experience economy: what do tourists want?”, “Tourism technology and tourism big data”, “Economics in China-Australia tourism” were discussed respectively.

Conference representatives conducting academic exchanges

The “Award for Enterprises Making the Best Contribution to Chinese Citizens Traveling to Australia” was conferred by the conference according to the relevant research data from China Tourism Academy. Professor Liu Chaojie, Chinese Director of the Tourism Confucius Institute, and Professor Dai Bin, Director of China Tourism Academy awarded medals to the enterprises that won the prize.

The awarding ceremony of “Award for Enterprises Making the Best Contribution to Chinese Citizens Traveling to Australia”

At the welcoming ceremony and the awarding ceremony, teachers and volunteers at the Tourism Confucius Institute also performed Chinese folk music with pipa (or the lute) and bamboo flute, and Chinese classic dance, showcasing the charm of Chinese culture to the experts attending the conference from different countries.

Volunteers at Tourism Confucius Institute giving artistic performance

It was reported that guests attending the academic conference also included Bob East, Chairman of the Australia Tourism Commission, and over 150 experts from tourism academic circle and practical fields in World Tourism Organization, China, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries and regions.

(Story by Qu Jiani,, Sydney, November 29th,2017)