Ms. Sun said that she is confident in the overwhelmingly positive outlook for the tourism sector. “The Chinese tourism industry continues to experience constant, exponential growth,” she said. “Last year, we sold 700 million high-speed railway tickets, 350 million airplane tickets, and 350 million hotel rooms.”

External indicators, too, point to sustained growth for the tourism industry. According to UNWTO statistics, in 2018, 150 million Chinese travelers went abroad, contributing USD $250 billion to the global economy. These figures have grown exponentially over the past two decades and will continue to do so, said Sun, as 66 million households join the middle class and passport ownership doubles over the next decade.