Hosted by Brand USA and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China, the 13th US-China Tourism Leadership Summit was held in Seattle from September 18-20. NTA’s incoming president Catherine Prather attended the event together with representatives of governments and tourism industry from both countries, along with NTA Chair Paul Larsen with Ed-Ventures, NTA Immediate Past Chair Chris Babb with The Group Tour Company, both NTA China Inbound Program registered tour companies, and NTA China Market Services Director Lin Wang,
Summit participants expressed that the communication and cooperation of the tourism industry has become particularly important in the context of the current challenges of US-China trade relations.
Tourism not only promotes the economic development and trade balance between the two countries, but also promote people-to-people exchanges and better understanding of each other. Mr. Zhao Haisheng, Minister Counselor of Culture of the China Embassy in the United States attended the meeting, and the Chinese delegation was led by Ms. Li Yaying, Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, People’s Republic of China.