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Tourism helps China's battle against poverty: official

Updated: May 09,2020 05:25 PM    Xinhua

BEIJING — Tourism has played an "extremely important" role in helping China's impoverished families shake off poverty, Vice-Minister of Culture and Tourism Li Jinzao said on May 9.

Between 17 and 20 percent of the poverty-stricken population in China were lifted out of poverty by tapping into the strength of local tourism resources, said Li at a news conference.

The ratio was at least 30 percent in some areas with comparatively high poverty rates, he said.

Chinese authorities have stepped up support for the construction of infrastructure and public service facilities in its regions that are impoverished but endowed with tourism resources, enabling these regions to make full use of local strengths.

Citing Yejia village in Guyuan city of Northwest China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region as an example, he said "agritainment," or "agri-tourism" services offered by the village involved more than 130 households and created more than 1,100 jobs.

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