Pushing Travel’s Next Frontiers Through Innovation and Collaboration at New Champions 15th Annual Meeting in Dalian

Pushing Travel’s Next Frontiers Through Innovation and Collaboration at New Champions 15th Annual Meeting in Dalian

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

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Leaders from China, Poland, and Vietnam called for cooperation to navigate uncertainty and leverage Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies during the Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian today. Emphasizing the importance of travel and tourism, they highlighted how these sectors can drive economic growth and cultural exchange, creating a more interconnected and resilient global community. By embracing technological advancements and fostering international partnerships, these leaders aim to bolster the travel and tourism industry, ensuring it thrives amidst global challenges.

“To drive future economic growth, we must embrace innovation and foster collaboration across sectors, regions, nations and cultures to create a more peaceful, inclusive society and resilient future,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum, in a welcome address to delegates.

In his plenary address, Chinese Premier Li Qiang emphasized the necessity of global collaboration to navigate the complexities of today’s economic landscape. “In the current context, the right choice is to approach development issues with a longer view and broader minds and join hands with others,” he said.

Reiterating China’s commitment to market liberalization, Li said: “The rapid rise of China’s new industries is a testament to the principal role of enterprises and innovation. Enterprises stand at the forefront of the market. They are most sensitive to changes in demand and have the strongest desire for innovation.” He singled out three fields of technology – artificial intelligence, green energy and biomedicine – as having the potential to become “multitrillion-dollar industries”.

China’s pursuit of high-quality drivers of production, he said, has not only provided dynamism for China’s economic development but also has “created greater cooperation space for companies around the world”.

“In many ways, the depth of international cooperation determines the height of human development,” he said, adding that keeping industrial and supply chains stable and smooth and advancing trade and investment promoted the sound development of globalization necessary for global economic growth.

Polish President Andrzej Duda shared insights on Poland’s remarkable economic transformation over the past three decades. “Poland has experienced unprecedented growth, becoming a leader in Central Europe,” he said. Emphasizing Poland’s advantageous geography, he said: “Our strategic location and dynamic development make Poland an excellent place for investment and I encourage all to explore the opportunities our country offers”.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh highlighted Viet Nam’s commitment to sustainable and inclusive development, focusing on digital and green economies. “The future hinges on innovation, climate action and high-quality human resources,” he said. “We must adopt a new mindset and approach that is people-centred and comprehensive, ensuring benefits for all.”

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