Information for workshop participants

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Dates and venue

The Workshop will take place in meeting room 213 at the Tianjin Meijiang Convention Center, in Tianjn, China on 2 September, 2017 on the occosaion of the China Tourism Industry Expo.

Online registration, access and badges

For participation, it is required to register online through the website of the workshop before 29 August, 2017.

Please note that in order to participate in the Workshop, you need to enter the EXPO premises. On Saturday, 2 September, 2017 no access fee will be charged and only an access badge needs to be collected from the indicated ticket counters. Please see the Expo ground map with the closest access to the workshop venue and the venue of the workshop indicated.

Access to the Workshop will be confined exclusively to participants and accompanying persons wearing an identification badge. The identification badges for the workshop will be issued at the Registration Desk to those that have duly registered online, which will be set up the same day of the workshop on the 2nd floor. Please kindly bring your registration confirmation (e-mail) and the ID/Passport to pick your identification badge at the registration desk.

For additional information please contact:

Mr. Sascha Stange
Destination Management & Quality Programme
World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
C/ Poeta Joan Maragall 42, 28020 Madrid, Spain
Tel: +34 91 567 82 28
Fax:+34 91 571 37 33

Ms. Yang Jin
Tianjin Tourism Administration
Municipality of Tianjin
Hexi, Binshui Rd, Tianjin, China
Tel: +86 13821483072

Working languages and documents

Materials prepared for the workshop will be translated into English and Chinese. Simultaneous interpretation during the workshop will also be provided in both languages. Most of the presentation papers for the conference will be uploaded on the related website as soon as they are available.

Entry fomalities

Visa Requirements: Those participants who might need to apply for a visa to enter China must consult with the China Visa Application Service Center in their countries:

The Embassy or the Visa Application Center normally request the following documents from the applicant:

  • 1. Invitation letter issued by the local authority: This letter can be provided by the organizers upon the request of the participant.
  • 2. Hotel Confirmation: This letter can be provided once the reservation at the hotel has successfully been made and upon the request of the applicant.
  • 3. Flight tickets: The issued e-tickets are mandatory to apply for the visa.

Please contact Mr. Sascha Stange for further assistance.

Customs Regulations: For more information regarding customs regulations and restricted items, please visit the following


The participants are required to book their accommodation directly at the official partner hotel. Crowne Plaza Tianjin Meijiangnan has been selected by the organizers due to the proximity to the Expo grounds and the special rates offered

Given the high occupancy level of the hotels in Tianjin during the days of the EXPO, it is highly recommended to make the bookings as soon as possible to avoid any inconvenience. Rooms will be secured for delegates at this hotel until the full contingent of the reserved rooms has been reached.

Crowne Plaza Tianjin Meijiangnan is an 11-minute drive from Tianjin Natural Museum and Tianjin Museum. It is about a 20-minute drive from the City Centre. Tianjin Binhai International Airport s 35 minutes’ drive away.

Conditions for hotel reservation: Please contact the hotel directly for the booking arrangements. Participants will be responsible for their hotel expenses in Tianjin.

Special rate: 550RMB/night (breakfast included) 150 RMB for lunch buffet, 150 RMB for supper buffet

Crowne Plaza Tianjin Meijiangnan
Address: No. 2 Tuanjie Tower, East to South Youyi Road,
Tianjin Postcode:300221

For any inquiries about accommodation please contact Mr. James Ma

Arrival, Departure and Transfer

Participants will be responsible for their own arrival and departure arrangements. Tianjin is conveniently connected with the rest of the world through either Tianjin Binhai International Airport, Beijing International Airport or through the China Railway High-speed (CRH) network.

Trains connect Tianjin (Tianjin West Railway Station) in only 40min with Beijing (South Station) through the Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway and run every 20min. More information:

How to get to the hotel/ workshop venue:

  • From Tianjin Airport: by taxi, 24.6km, about 40 minutes, taxi fee: about 70 RMB
  • From Tianjin Railway Station: by taxi, 13.1km, about 30 minutes, taxi fee: about 50 RMB
  • From Beijing International Airport: by Beijing-Tianjin Shuttle bus: about 85 RMB After arriving in Tianjin Shuttle Bus Station, please take a taxi, about 30 minutes, taxi fee: 50 RMB

Please check with your hotel if courtesy shuttle services are being offered. Given the proximity of the partner hotel to the Tianjin Meijiang Conference & Exhibition Centre (5min walk) no transfer between the venue and the will be provided.

Excursions and Technical Visit

An Opening Banquet on the occasion of the China Tourism Industry Expo will be organized on 31 August 2017. More information will soon be available. 

A boat tour will be offered on 1 September at 19:30 and 20:30. Participants will gather in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza Hotel after dinner and will be taken to the boats by bus.

On 3 September two excursions will be provided from 8:00  - 18:00, all participants would be back to the Crowne Plaza Hotel for dinner:
Tour 1 West Route: Yangliuqing Ancient Town Folklore
Tour 2. East Route: Binhai New Area-Aircraft carrier theme park, Industrial Tour

Practical Information

Weather in Tianjin: Located in a subtropical zone, Tianjin features a four-season, monsoon-influenced climate, typical of East Asia, with cold, windy, very dry winters reflecting the influence of the vast Siberian anticyclone, and hot, humid summers, due to the monsoon. At the beginning of September temperature oscillate between 26-30º Celsius during day time and 16-22º Celsius at night. The humidity is high due to its location at the coast. We recommend wearing a long-sleeved T-shirt or shirt and jeans in cool mornings and evenings. In sunny days, you may wear a dress or shorts in afternoons. Please bring a lightweight jacket in case of bad weather.

Time Zone: China is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time of UTC+08:00.

Dress Code: Business attire is the official dress code during the workshop. Dress code for evening social functions, unless otherwise specified within the programme, is smart casual attire. It is also recommended for delegates to bring along light clothes.

Official Language: Mandarin is the official language of China. English is widely spoken among young people.

Electricity: The voltage in China is 220V; 50Hz. Standard sockets in China have 2 pins or 3 pins. Below are two standard sockets used in China:


Mobile phones: The country code for China is 86. There are two ways to use your mobile in China:

  • (1) If you wish to use your own phone number from home, you should make sure that the "international roaming service" has been turned on by your domestic provider which must have the right to access a network in China before coming to China. If your domestic operator has not entered into an agreement on international roaming services with the local operator in Tianjin, the international roaming service will be unavailable to your domestic phone number.
  • (2) Visitors entering China can buy SIM phone cards and pre-paid phone cards in Tianjin to enjoy all the services provided by local mobile phone operators. You may take your passport with you and purchase SIM cards at service locations of local operators. Currently, Tianjin has three mobile phone service operators: China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom.

For more information, please call the customer services of local operators at +86 1010086 (China Mobile), +86 1010010 (China Unicom) and +86 1010000 (China Telecom).

Internet Access: Internet access services are quite common in Tianjin. Wired Internet access is available at hotels, business centers and internet bars. Laptop users can access wireless networks at many coffee shops and restaurants. Internet access is also available in most hotels ranked three-stars or above. For fees and guidelines, please contact hotel personnel when you check-in.

Local Currency and exchange rate: Renminbi (RMB) is the official currency of China and you will offen find also the acrononym CNY which means Yuan and is exactly the same. Current exchange rates of RMB are as follows (for reference only): USD 1 = RMB 6.5853    EUR 1 = RMB 7.1101 

Local Transport Information Bus and Subway Tianjin benefits from an extensive network of bus lines and an ever growing system of network of subway lines. As for its complexity and often lack of English signing we recommend moving in taxi around the city. Tianjin Taxi: There are mainly two types of taxies in Tianjin and the fares depend on the type of vehicle. For the common taxies, the fare rate is RMB 8 for the first three kilometers and then RMB 1.7 for each additional kilometer. And for other taxies, the staring price is RMB 8 for the first two kilometers and then RMB 2 per km is added hereafter. In addition, another 50% return charge is also factored into the total fare when it is more than 10 kilometers. There are about 32,000 taxies in Tianjin.

So it is very convenient to take a taxi at airport, railway station, hotel, and tourist attractions no matter the time of the day or night.

Business and banking hours

  • Government offices are open from 9: 00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (including one hour lunch break at noon) on weekdays and closed on weekends.
  • Banks are open from 9.00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and from 9.00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on public holidays. Different banks may have different office hours.
  • Post offices are open from 9.30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Sunday.
  • Hospitals in Tianjin receive outpatient visits from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and provide 24-hour emergency services. Most pharmacies open 9.00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Some are open 24 hours a day.
  • Most tourist attractions are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and admission is prohibited after 16:00 during peak season (April 16 - October 15). During off-season (16 October - 15 April next year), they are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm and admission is prohibited after 3:30 pm.

Health requirements: We recommend you taking a health check before visiting China. Before the entry, you need to complete a health declaration form. There are no particular immunizations required for any short-stay traveler entering China, unless the traveler is coming from a yellow fever infected area. Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended if you plan to visit rural areas in China. Trips to places at high altitude (such as Tibet) are not recommended for visitors with lung or heart problems. Health quarantine services have the right to prevent any foreigner suffering from AIDS, venereal disease, leprosy, mental illness or active tuberculosis from entering China.

Emergency contacts:

First-aid Ambulance  120
Fire Alarm 119
Police 110
Tianjin Travel Hotline 88908890
Taxi Hotline 96106 / 96103
Exit and Entry Administration of Tianjin 022-24458825

For further Information on Tianjin, please visit:

Insurance: We recommend you to possess travel and health insurances to meet your own needs before coming to China. The conference organizer will not provide any insurance for participants.

Other Information: For more information, please visit

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