A press conference of the International Island Tourism Conference is held by China National Tourism Administration in Beijing on August 6, 2015. [Photo: CRIENG]
The International Island Tourism Conference is to be held in Zhoushan City, southeast China's Zhejiang Province between October 12 and 14. This year's theme is connecting the Maritime Silk Road and sharing island development.
More than 23 countries including the USA, Russia, Australia, New Zealand as well as the Maldives will be attending the conference. 36 delegations from island cities will also participate in the event.
More than 16 activities will be held during the conference including a competition for the favorite destination island for Chinese tourists. 20 most popular destination islands will be selected from among 40 candidates.
Island tourism has become a necessary industry for coastal countries. Currently, island tourism countries and cities are carrying out various steps to develop island tourism as a new economic growth point.