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VLADIVOSTOK, November 15. /TASS/. Chinese businessmen taking part in the Days of the Heilongjiang province in Russia’s Pacific region of Primorye, have visited the regional sightseeing attractions and expressed a wish to develop new routes in Primorye that could attract their fellow citizens, the regional administration said in a statement.
“The Chinese businessmen pointed out that as many as possible people needed to know about these attractions, so they have invited representatives of Primorye to take part in a tourist exhibition in the Heilongjiang province. The Chinese partners may develop new routes for foreign tourists after visiting Primorye,” the statement reads.
Representatives of the Tourism Development Committee and 12 tourist companies from the Heilongjiang province visited the Primorskoye Koltso (or Primorye Ring) complex where international drifting competitions take place. They also visited a safari park where rare species of plants and animals are preserved. After that, the Chinese delegation visited the Tigre de Cristal hotel and casino. The Chinese businessmen said it should be included in the tourist routes on a regular basis.
According to the regional authorities, a total of 184,000 Chinese tourists visited Primorye in the first nine months of 2016 in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement on visa free travels. The total number of Chinese tourists visiting the region in 2016 is expected to exceed 200,000.
Primorye ranks second among Russia’s regions in the terms of Chinese tourist inflow, surpassed only by Moscow.