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Hainan to host tourism forum

South China's island province of Hainan  will host a high-level tourism forum this weekend to launch the  national project to build Hainan into a top international tourist  resort.

The forum would be an important  gathering of players in the global tourism industry, Vice Governor of  Hainan Tan Li said Thursday at a press conference.

"Hainan will present itself to the  world with a fresh image," said Tan.

"The forum is an intro with drums and  gongs for the construction of a top international tourist destination."

More than 2,000 experts, tourism  organization representatives and government officials are expected to  attend the 2010 Boao International Tourism Forum to  discuss tourism reforms in the post-financial crisis era.

The forum will attract representatives  from the United Nations World Tourism Organization, the World Travel and  Tourism Council and the Pacific Asia Tourism Association, as well as  more than 60 officials of ministerial level and above.

The forum will endorse the Hainan  Tourism Declaration, putting forward proposals on the recovery of  tourism from the global economic downturn.

The Chinese government in January  announced a plan to build the island, which became a province and  China's largest special economic zone in 1988, into a top international  tourist destination by 2020.