The fourth Global Travel E-commerce Conference, which was held Sept 21-23 in Dujiangyan City of Chengdu, attracted more than 30 online travel companies and Internet companies from 20 countries and regions.
The fourth Global Travel E-commerce Conference, which was held Sept 21-23 in Dujiangyan City of Chengdu, attracted more than 30 online travel companies and Internet companies from 20 countries and regions, including Google, Facebook, Agoda and C-trip.
At the event, which is also known as GTEC2015, representatives discussed the development of global online tourism and the integration of tourism with other industries.
The GTEC2015 facilitated one-to-one talks to ensure effective deals could be made. It offered networking for 150 global representatives from online travel agencies and 150 Chinese tourism service providers.
Head of the Sichuan Tourism Administration Hao Kangli delivered a speech on "Internet plus tourism and tourism plus Internet".
He said that the wave of Internet plus tourism has spread all over the world, while tourism plus Internet, where travel companies play a leading role, has just started.
Other participants in the three-day event included Liao Ming, head of APAC Marketing Science at Facebook, and Chen Jianhao, vice-president of Google China.
Sichuan Tourism Administration and Chengdu city government organized the conference. It comprised eight activities where enterprises and government agencies talked about integration and development of "Internet plus" and "tourism plus" and sought cooperation.
A part of the conference, an O2O fair adopted the one-on-one model and offered domestic and foreign online tourism agencies opportunities to discuss business with local offline travel providers and those who have tourism resources.
Global leaders from online tourism agencies and travel administrators in Sichuan gave advice and suggestions on the long-term development of Sichuan's tourism.
An O2O marketing alliance of China inbound tourism was set up, which will help integrate offline providers' resources and global distribution channels, officials at the provincial tourism administration said.