State media has reported that China’s tourism industry is expected to employ 100 million people by 2015. That means that, if it works out that way, one in every 14 Chinese will work in the sector.
The People’s Daily said the government will introduce various policies to help the industry reach the goal, which marks a steep increase from the 60 million currently employed in the industry.
Authorities will adopt measures to facilitate job hunting and subsidise training of new staff, according to a statement posted on the National Tourism Administration’s website.
They also plan to launch a campaign to expand tourism infrastructure in less developed areas.
Labour Minister Tian Chengping said earlier this year that the employment situation in China was ‘very severe,’ as 20 million new jobseekers emerge annually — a situation that will continue for a very long time.