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Tourism to exceed 1.44 trillion yuan in 2010

China's tourism industry will grow by 12 percent to exceed 1.44 trillion yuan ($210 billion) in 2010 and employ 500,000 more people in the industry, according to a nationwide tourism meeting today, reported by

Shao Qiwei, head of China's National Tourism Bureau, is hopeful that the inbound tourism will resume this year and the outbound tourist flow remains stable.

"We will focus on the domestic tourism this year and change the mode of tourism development," said Shao.

The national tourism administration urged some provinces to be experimental in the industry and speed up the development of local tourisms.

"We will release a guidebook on national tours to promote people to do traveling more," Shao was quoted as saying.