A seminar on whole-region tourism development of Hunan Province was held on Mar. 1. At the seminar, the Hunan Provincial Bureau of Tourism officially launched the construction of whole-region tourism demonstration zones in Zhangjiajie city, Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture Huaihua city and 30 counties advanced in tourism. The Bureau also initiated the establishment of a community for Zhangjiajie-Jishou-Huaihua tourism cooperation and a cooperation alliance on Langshan Mountain eco-culture tourism.
The whole-region tourism is a new idea and pattern for balanced development among regions by means of developing tourism as a competitive industry to promote coordinated economic and social development in a region.
Hunan will promote whole-region tourism in light of local conditions and characteristics, said Chen Xianchun, director of the Hunan Provincial Bureau of Tourism.
Chen remarked that in the near future, a regional tourism development plan focusing on one belt (Xiangjiang River Tourism Belt) and four tourism circles in Chang-Zhu-Tan, Western Hunan and Southern Hunan, and around Dongting Lake will take shape, with Changsha as its center, Zhangjiajie as its lead and Yueyang, Huaihua and Chenzhou as its growth poles.
Hunan will set up 12 tourism-based functional zones to facilitate barrier-free travel.