Gansu province aims to have more than 550 star-rated hotels and resorts by 2015, as part of the development of its tourism sector.
There are expected to be more than 26 five-star hotels in Gansu, 10 of which will be in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu; the number of four-star hotels will exceed 80; that of three-star hotels will be greater than 250; and the number of two- and one-star hotels will hit 200.
During the 12th Five-Year Plan period, Gansu’s annual tourism revenue is expected to grow at an average 20% and the number of visitor arrivals will increase at an average annual rate of 18%. The province’s tourism sector will also create 20,000 new jobs each year.
Currently, Gansu has 315 star-rated hotels.
China.org.com reports that in addition, the province will focus on developing at set of key tourism routes, namely Lanzhou-Baiyin, Jiuquan-Jiayuguan-Dunhuang and Tianshui-Pingliang.