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Chinese, French provinces to collaborate on tourism
2005-03-04 02:26:46 XinhuaEnglish


GUIYANG, March 4(Xinhuanet)-- Southwest China's Guizhou province Thursday announced to cooperate with France's Lozere province on exploring tourism markets and training tourism professionals.

An agreement on the cooperation was signed here Thursday between a senior delegation from Lozere and the tourism authorities of Guizhou.

Yang Shengming, director of the Guizhou provincial tourism bureau, said Guizhou started cooperation with Lozere in 2001 when a local parliament delegation from the French province visited theland-locked province.

In March 2003, Guizhou University signed agreements with two French universities on launching a French-language training program in China, said Yang.

Jean-Paul Pourquier, who headed a 22-member delegation on a three-day visit in Guizhou, said he was impressed by Guizhou's improvement in traffic construction and tourism management.

Lozere, the least populous French province, is known for its picturesque countryside landscape. Tourism has become a pillar industry for the province.

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