China has launched plans to invest billions of euros in its tourism industry. Part of the money will be used to improve the country’s public toilets. China wants to develop and expand services industries to offset the impact of persistently weak global demand for its exports.
China said it aims to invest €275 billion in tourism between 2016 and 2020. The investment is aimed to satisfy the growing numbers of both domestic and international tourists that visit China.
The New York Post reports that the government expects domestic travelers to take 6.4 billion trips annually by 2020, up from 4 billion in 2015. The number of trips to China by overseas travelers is expected to rise to 150 million, from 134 million in 2015.
In the tourism plans, the authorities promise a ‘toilet revolution’. Sparked by many complaints about toilet hygiene standards at tourism hotspots, China will build or renovate as many as 100,000 public toilets.
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