China National Tourism Administration

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China National Tourism Administration
Guójiā Lǚyóu Jú
National Emblem of the People's Republic of China.svg
Agency overview
Formed 1949
Type National
Jurisdiction  People's Republic of China
Headquarters Beijing
Agency executive
  • Shao Qiwei, Chairman
Parent agency State Council

The China National Tourism Administration (CNTA; simplified Chinese: 国家旅游局; traditional Chinese: 國家旅游局; pinyin: Guójiā Lǚyóu Jú) is the Chinese government authority responsible for the development of tourism in the country. The CNTA is subordinate to the State Council. Its headquarters are in Beijing, with regional branches in various provinces.[1]

CNTA does not have the authority of a full department within the Chinese government to enforce regulations, but in other respects it acts as a ministry. Provincial CNTA offices in each Chinese province report to the central office in Beijing. CNTA has eighteen overseas offices called CNTO (China National Tourism Offices) that are charged with promoting tourism to China.[1] In Europe, there are CNTO offices in London and Paris.

CNTA is unique as a tourism office in that it is also responsible for controlling the outflow of tourists from China abroad.

Agency Structure

The agency is organized into the following areas.[1]

  • Office (Comprehensive Coordination Department)
  • Department of Policy and Legal Affairs
  • Department of Tourism Promotion and International Liaison
  • Department of Planning
  • Development and Finance
  • Department of Quality Standardization and Administration
  • Department of Affairs on Tourism of Hong Kong
  • Macao & Taiwan, Department of Personnel
  • Party Committee, Office of Retired Cadres

Directly administered agencies

  • Service Center of CNTA
  • Information Center of CNTA
  • China Tourism Association, formerly known as the China National Tourism Institute
  • China Tourism News Office
  • China Travel and Tourism Press
  • China Tourism Management Institute
  • China Tourism Management Institute

Subordinate Associations

  • China Association of Travel Services
  • China Tourist Hotels Association
  • China Tourism Automobile and Cruise Association and China Association of Tourism Journals

Tourist Attraction Rating Categories

The organisation administers the five Tourist Attraction Rating Categories, ranging from A (lowest) to AAAAA (highest).

See also


  1. ^ a b c CNTA in Brief Archived 2013-09-30 at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • China National Tourism Administration
  • China National Tourism Administration (in Chinese)

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