BEIJING: According to official data available with NPTV China has the world’s largest number of outbound tourists.
The number of trips made by Chinese people to other countries or regions reached 135 million in 2016, compared to 5 million in 1995, data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed.
This represents an annual increase of 17.6 percent on average over 21 years, said the NBS. China has been the country with most outbound tourists in annual terms since 2013, according to the NBS.
China’s outbound tourism market is estimated to increase by 5 percent annually on average in the coming years, bringing the number of outbound tourists to 157 million in 2020, according to the China Tourism Academy, a think tank under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Railway track from Kr. to Peshawar under CPEC
LAHORE: The Pakistan Railways has planned to upgrade railway track from Karachi to Peshawar via Lahore in the next five years under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project for better rail communication facilities.
The PR sources told APP on Wednesday that under this plan, the track from Lahore to Peshawar will be dualized so that trains could be run without any interruption and for a safer journey.
The sources said that average 77.10 percent of the track was overage, while 86 percent of Railways bridges were more than 100 years old but all bridges are safe for train operation due to effective maintenance, rehabilitation, and strengthening of these bridges.
The bridges are inspected annually as per schedule and minor repair is carried out departmentally in routine to ensure safety, however, these bridges will also be upgraded under the CPEC, the sources said.
Don’t make Hajj deals before Policy
ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has asked the general public to avoid depositing hajj dues in any bank or Hajj Group Organiser (HGO) directly or indirectly before the announcement of Hajj Policy 2019.
The ministry has warned strict action against the banks and HGO, who are receiving hajj dues directly or indirectly from the general public sans permission of the ministry, said a news release. The ministry said receiving hajj dues is illegal and liable to legal action as the ministry has not yet announced Hajj Policy 2019 and thus not yet allowed any bank or HGO to receive hajj applications or dues from the general public.
Hajj policy would be duly publicized on media and also placed at website www.hajjinfo.org People must not submit hajj applications or ink hajj agreement with any HGOs without permission of the ministry. The ministry has not yet authorized any HGO or bank in this regard. The ministry will not be responsible if any person deposits hajj dues in any unauthorized bank or HGOs. The person concerned will be responsible for his such deeds.
Strike hits German airports
Frankfurt am Main: Hundreds of flights were cancelled at eight German airports today, including at the nation’s busiest travel hub Frankfurt, as security staff walked off the job in a deepening row over pay.
Germany’s powerful Verdi union said the strike would last from 02:00 am until 8:00 pm (0100-1900 GMT) at Frankfurt airport, with walkouts in Munich, Hanover, Bremen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Dresden and Erfurt following roughly the same schedule.
At least 220,000 travellers would be hit by cancellations and delays, the ADV airport association said, in a calculation that includes knock-on effects at other airports.
Frankfurt airport operator Fraport, which axed 617 out of around 1,200 scheduled flights, urged passengers not to come to Europe’s fourth-busiest airport during the strike.