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Smart tourism highlighted at WTCF

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Added On September 7, 2019

INTRO
 
The World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) has called for more globalized and standardized development of "smart tourism".
 
The annual highlight meeting of the WTCF is now being arranged for the first time in Europe.
 
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Addressing the opening of the 2019 "Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit" in Helsinki, Song Yu, WTCF secretary general, said on Tuesday that the development of smart tourism in the world is still at the stage of localized, decentralized and individualized exploration.
 
Song suggested that tourism cities should conduct in-depth research on major issues of world tourism while warning against over-tourism.
 
SOUNDBITE 2 (Chinese): SONG YU, WTCF Secretary General
"The high technology has been developing very rapidly, including the big data and smart tourism. New technologies like 5G and 8K have been growing very quickly in China. I believe these technologies should be applied in the tourism sector, so as to facilitate individual travel and benefit international tourists."  
 
At the conference in Helsinki, special dialogues have been arranged to support member cities in sectors such as destination marketing and better services.
 
The WTCF was established in 2012 in Beijing with 58 founding members. 
 
It has now grown into an international tourism body with a total of 218 members, including 145 city members, 73 institutional ones and 6 branches.