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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

U.S.-China Tourism Year kicks off in Beijing

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that 2016 is the U.S.-China Tourism Year, which celebrates the recent reciprocal extension of visa validity and supports increased travel exports. The two countries will work toward expanding and shaping U.S.-China tourism, and strengthening the bond between the two peoples.

NTA President Pam Inman attended the opening ceremony in BeijingMonday. Along with Brand USA, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the China National Tourism Administration, NTA is pleased to officially launch the year-long initiative.

"We congratulate Brand USA, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the China National Tourism Administration for the launch of the U.S.-China Tourism Year," Inman said. "It was an amazing event, and NTA was proud to be part of it."

Among the guests were CNTA Chairman Li Jinzao, U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China Max Baucus, Deputy Sec. of Commerce Bruce Andrews, and Chris Thompson, Brand USA. President Obama gave a video message supporting the launch and the tourism exchange between the two countries. Dr. Leroy Chiao, the American Astronaut and Commander of the International Space Station, was the master of ceremonies. Entertainment was provided by The Midtown Men (the original cast of Jersey Boys). Chef Tim Byres of The Theodore in Dallas prepared a taste of the United States for the delicious meal.

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