An Exclusive Interview to He Yafei: Taking Mountain Tourism as an Opportunity to Promote Cultural Exchange and Economic Cooperation between China and Nepal

Economic View Client May 22 The launching ceremony of the first “International Mountain Tourism Day” and International Forum on Mountain Tourism will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal, on May 29, 2019. He Yafei, Secretary-General of International Mountain Tourism Alliance (hereinafter referred to as IMTA), was interviewed by reporter of Economic View, to interpret the significance of the event from the perspectives of human exchange, economic development and China’s participation in global governance.

He Yafei mentioned “5.29” was the day that a group of British mountaineers climbed Mount Everest along the southeast ridge routefrom Nepalin 1953. Edmund Hillary, a 34-year-old climber from New Zealand, and Tenzing Norgay, a guide from Nepal, acted as pioneers in climbing Mount Everest. Enlightened by this, the event was scheduled for May 29.

“This top climbing is a successful example of international cooperation, including climbers from the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Nepal and other countries to work together and create a miracle in the history of human’s mountain climbing. The IMTA arranged the first International Mountain Tourism Day in Nepal and will host the event in other countries and regionsin the future, welcoming people from all walks of life to activelyundertake this international event and contribute to the promotion of international mountain tourism,” He Yafei said.

China and Nepal will carry out multi-dimensional exchanges and dialogues

At the first China Leisure Conference in 2017, He Yafei once mentioned that “tourism highlights people’s exchanges and it is the dialogue between civilizations”. This event will confirm this statement once again.

He Yafei pointed out that IMTA hopes to provide a platform for civilization exchanges and tourism cooperation through this event, so as to promote in-depth cooperation in tourism, culture and other aspects between China and Nepal and other IMTA members.

He stressed that China and Nepal are friendly neighbors. Leaders of the two countries visit each other frequently and cooperate extensively in culture, religion and tourism. “During the event, experts and scholars, tourists as well as cultural figures from China and Nepal will carry out extensive exchanges and dialogues from the perspectives of tourism, science and technology, environmental protection and other aspects. I believe that rich achievements will be presented to the international community.”

China and Nepal will promote mutual economic cooperation through tourism

Bidhya Devi Bhandari, President of Nepal, carried on a state visit to China from April 24th to May 2nd and attended the second “The Belt and Road” Forum for International Cooperation.

He Yafei introduced that the International Mountain Tourism Day coincided with the deepening of China-Nepal cooperation in the context of “The Belt and Road”. It takes tourism as a turning point, and has far-reaching significance for promoting mutual social and economic cooperation. This event will promote the development of China and Nepal’s tourism market, expand the scale of Nepal’s inbound tourism market, and will also be conducive to Nepal’s social and economic development.

He said that strengthening “The Belt and Road” cooperation between the two countries will achieve the goal of common development and prosperity. This is an effective practice for building the community of shared destiny.

Developing international tourism is a keymethod for China’s participation in global governance

At the 2017 International Conference of Mountain Tourism and Outdoor Sports, He Yafei said that the establishment ofIMTA is an important performance of China’s participation in global governance.

In this event, He Yafei once again talked about the relationship between tourism and China’s participation in global governance. “International tourism governance is an important part of global governance. The development of international tourism can promote global cultural exchanges and social cooperation, and it plays an active role in disseminating culture, protecting the environment, promoting economy and eliminating poverty. It fully embodies the concept of global governance of consultation, co-construction and sharing, which is an important way for China’s participation in global governance.”

Developing mountain tourism to liberate mountain public from poverty

Mountain area is one of the main concentration areas of the poor. Countries are thinking about the rural revitalization in mountain areas. The world is also expecting the tourism will help the people in mountain areas get rid of poverty. Poverty eradication is a major issue and challenge faced by all countries around the world. It is also one of the core contents of the United Nations’ millennium development and 2030 sustainable development goals.

When referring to the role of IMTA in poverty alleviation for mountain public, He Yafei said that as an international organization named for mountain tourism, “helping mountain people of all countries get rid of poverty and become rich” was one of the four main purposes of IMTA, and the initiation of the establishment of “International Mountain Tourism Day” was an attempt to promote the development of mountain economy.

He mentioned that he hoped through the establishment and promotion of “Tourism Day”, more enterprises would be attracted to invest in mountain tourism and more people would pay attention to and support the life and development of mountain public. At the same time, IMTA also contributes its own intellectual resources in the field of research. At present, many research projects focus on the idea of sustainable development of mountain tourism, exploring the rural revitalization of “tourism + environmental protection + science and technology”.

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