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Ambassador Wang Lutong attends the 'Beautiful China · the Great Yellow River' tourism promotion evening
On the evening of August 8, 2016, the China tourism promotion evening - 'Beautiful China · the Great Yellow River' was held in Auckland. China's Ambassador to New Zealand Wang Lutong attended the event and delivered a speech. Over 270 people attended the activity including Deputy Director of the China National Tourism Administration Wei Hongtao, China's Consul General in Auckland Xu Erwen, Auckland Mayor Len Brown, Tourism NZ Chief Executive Kevin Bowler, Chinese Embassy Commercial Counsellor Zhang Fan and representatives from the political, business and tourism sectors of the two countries.
In his speech, Ambassador Wang noted that the Yellow River region had excellent tourism resources, a long history and a diverse range of cultures. Connecting the regions along the Yellow River under the 'Great Yellow River' banner has, for the first time, realised resource complementarities and resulted in the sharing of resources. This would play an important role in the promotion of regional economic development and drive the construction of the 'One Belt, One Road'.
China – New Zealand relations are on a 'fast-track'. Tourism cooperation, was a new highlight of the bilateral relationship, and not only benefited economic and trade cooperation, but also promoted cultural exchanges and mutual understanding. Mutual interest from the people of China and New Zealand in the other's culture was a primary force driving tourism development. The potential for cooperation between China and New Zealand in this sector was significant. Ambassador Wang believed that the 'Great Yellow River' would have a major impact in New Zealand, attracting broad interest from New Zealanders. In addition, it would add another dimension to the comprehensive partnership between the two countries.

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