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Industrial Advancements and the Future of Health Tourism in Guilin

Jonathan Edelheit
Medical Tourism Association
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In the regional cooperation of the Belt and Road Tourism in Guilin has a unique advantage. As a landmark city of tourism in China and leader of reform and innovation in the regional tourism circle, Guilin is well positioned as the regional and cultural tourism center and it represents a choice destination for international tourists.

The party committee and government of the Guangxi autonomous region place a high priority on the establishment of the Guilin international tourist destination. This aims to accelerate the transformation and upgrading of the tourism industry, deepen the integration of tourism and cultural development, and constantly improve the quality of tourism in Guilin.

The transformation is centered on changing the tourism model from simple tourism to leisure tourism and introducing a number of high-end tourism projects to create a diversified tourism product.

Developments in the Transportation Industry

In a bid to boost the influx of international tourists, Guilin ports have implemented a 72-hour transit visa-free policy to citizens of the United States, Germany, Britain, Argentina, and other 48 nations. The committee also implemented a six-day visa-free entry policy to the tour groups from the Association of Southeastern Nations (ASEAN) 10 countries. Guilin is the first prefecture-level city that has approved the above-mentioned policies in the country.

On 28th December 2013, the first high-speed rail from Guilin to Beijing was launched making Guilin the first city to enter the era of high-speed rail in Guangxi. On 24th of December 2014, the Guiyang-Guangzhou rail was also launched and this high-speed rail commutes travelers within two and a half hours from Guangzhou to Guilin. In addition, Guilin has now formed a high-speed railway network with access to Guangzhou, Beijing, Guiyang and Nanning.

According to the Guilin Tourism Development Committee, the ASEAN 10 countries are the important hubs of the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road and the important short-range overseas source market for Guilin. In the future, the city will, in accordance with the plans of the National Tourism Administration, exploit the unique advantages of Guangxi and the ASEAN countries to build a platform for cultural tourism exchanges and cooperation between China and ASEAN and other nations as well as regions alongside the Belt and Road.

The 13th Five-Year "Plan"

The City Development and Reform Commission organized the Guilin Strategic Emerging Industry Development" the 13th five-year "Plan (hereinafter referred to as "Plan"). According to Rao Jiang Deputy Director of the Municipal Development and Reform Commission, Plan proposed the following development goals for key industries in Guilin by 2020: over 30 billion yuan for the information technology industry'; over 15 billion yuan for the new energy energy conservation and environmental protection industry, over 15 billion yuan for the new material industry over 30 billion yuan in big health and over 10 billion yuan in intelligent equipment manufacturing.

Key Industrial Developments in the Future

The national high-tech zone of Guilin will continue to expand the industrial development space which includes the goals of upgrading the Informational Industry Park Talent Science and Technology Park and Tieshan Industrial Park establishing the Huajiang Ecological Science and Technology Park the Optical Communication Industry Park, and the development of intelligent equipment manufacturing and new generation of information technology industries.

The economic development zone of Guilin will focus on the development of intelligent manufacturing big health new energy vehicles and a new generation of information technology industries. This is in a bid to upgrade to the national economic development zone to form the "two-wheel drive" emerging industry development pattern with the high-tech zone in the central city. Linkong Economic Zone will pay attention to aviation equipment modern service industry as well as introduce and cultivate a number of new industries and enterprises to form a basic framework by the end of 2020.

Lingchuan County will speed up the construction high-speed rail economic zone cooperation pilot area (Guangxi Park) of Guangdong-Guangxi-Guizhou. In the radiation development area Xing'an industrial concentration area will focus on building a photovoltaic industry park Yanshan low-carbon economic zone will use the advantages of science and education resources to create a development platform for public entrepreneurship and innovation with rich wind energy resources Longsheng Ziyuan Xing'an Quanzhou Guanyang Gongcheng will focus on the establishment of wind power base in northern Guilin and Yangshuo Yongfu Lipu will connect with Guilin international tourist destination to vigorously develop the big health industry.

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