46 cities have formed a sort of tourist publicity alliance. This non-profit alliance will integrate resources of its 46 cities on management, human resources and marketing, among others, to serve the interests of all the cities, said Wang Yong, mayor of south China’s seaside resort city Sanya and president of the alliance.
Members of the China Alliance for Cities with 5A-Class Scenic Spots include Beijing, Shanghai, Huangshan in eastern Anhui Province, Guilin in southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Lijiang in southwestern Yunnan Province.
It will have liaison offices in Beijing and Sanya. The alliance will promote the idea among both domestic and foreign tourists that cities with the 5A-Class sceneries are the most beautiful places in China, said Prof. Wang Xingbin, a tourism expert with the Beijing International Studies University.
English.Xinhuanet.com reports a total of 68 tourist attractions in 55 cities across China have been granted the title of National 5A-Class Scenic Spots, the highest rating in China’s tourism industry, by the National Tourism Administration since the administration began the rating in 2007.