SANYA http://www.arizonacoyotesteamstore.com/adidas-dale-hawerchuck-jersey , Hainan, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Despite the economic slowdown, China's tourism sector has tremendous potential, a senior international hotelier told Xinhua on Thursday ahead of a global tourism summit.
"We see nothing but potential, nothing but opportunities in China's tourism market," said Kristian Petersen, area director of operations for East China at Marriott and executive general manager of Renaissance Sanya Resort and Spa, the main venue for the ongoing 14th World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit.
High-end hotels took a blow last year as the Chinese government launched a frugality campaign to uproot bureaucratic and extravagant work styles among public servants, a policy that has reportedly prompted star hotels to downgrade their ratings to woo customers.
Petersen said that the policy had impacted business, but he has remained optimistic on the Chinese market, especially due to opportunities from the booming wedding sector.
"Especially in Hainan, it can be a main niche market as the natural environment offers a perfect place for a wedding," he added.
He said that Chinese people are increasingly health-sensitive, sophisticated and tend to like having more choice as they become wealthier. Most tourists stay in Hainan much longer than in Shanghai and Beijing as it is a desirable recreational resort, Petersen said.
A longer stay means more recreational demands and services, and that requires the local government to speed up development of infrastructure and recreational facilities, which is now one of the major tasks outlined by the provincial government.
Petersen said it takes partnership among local governments, hotels and other stakeholders to upgrade local tourism. While government can build more infrastructure, hotels can offer insightful data and information to them to facilitate decision-making, as hotels are more sensitive to tourists' demands and market trends.
He said the top-notch hotels of the future will be more digital and mobile, allowing a guest to check in and make orders simply by using a cellphone.
"For the first time in China we applied 4G technology to support the WTTC global summit and that's going to be the norm in the future," he said.
Future hotels should be able to offer an "ecosystem" for tourists, a small world where guests can satisfy almost all of their recreational demands and find detail-oriented services, he added.
"One can go shopping, swimming, diving and enjoy other fun-seeking activities within a small community. It's a whole package and one-stop service," he said.
Tourists coming to China will have more choices in the future, said Petersen, adding that China's ongoing market-oriented reforms and further opening-up will relax controls in resource sharing.
China is going to be a glamorous resort, and it's not an "if" issue, but a matter of when and where, he said.
NANNING, China, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Based on this week's training prior to the Nanning Gymnastics World Championships, Simone Biles of USA looks primed to defend her individual all-around title and the second consecutive team title in the women's competition that begins on Sunday.
Although Kyla Ross is the only gymnast in Nanning who was part of the gold medal-winning USA team at the London 2012 Olympic Games, she and her teammates enter the competition with highly difficult routines and the confidence yielded by their status as defending champions. Biles and Ross are likely to provide a hefty scoring base upon which their less-experienced team members can build.
Russia will count on veteran Aliya Mustafina to stabilize the otherwise relatively untested Russian team as they attempt to regain the title they won in 2010. Russia finished second to the USA at the 2011 world championships and 2012 Olympic Games and no team competition took place at the 2013 world championships.
Perhaps lacking the risk level of the USA team, Russia could gain an advantage over the field by capitalizing on their strength, which is execution.
China, Romania and Britain should push the U.S. and Russia for spots on the medal podium. Romania took bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games, and won team gold at this year's European championships in Sofia.
China's potentially high scores on uneven bars and beam could position them for at least a repeat of their bronze at the 2011 world championships. Britain surprised Russia at the 2014 European championships, earning silver to Russia's bronze.
In all-around, Biles, who dominated the 2013 world championships in Antwerp, has to be considered a favorite for gold in Nanning as well. Since Antwerp she has consolidated her already formidable routines, which range from a powerful vault to explosive tumbling elements on exercise.
Ross, the 2013 silver medallist, is likely to again find herself pushed by Mustafina, Larisa Iordache of Romania and Yao Jinnan of China for an all-around medal. She should be able to offset her comparatively moderate difficulty level by producing her typically high execution scores.
Nanning offers Mustafina the chance to regain the all-around title she won at the 2010 world championships. Currently her vault lacks the difficulty level of Biles and Ross, a tactic that is likely the result of the knee injury she sustained on a vault landing in 2011. Mustafina won the all-around bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games and 2013 world championships.
Stylish and steady, Iordache has no weak event, a factor that makes her a medal threat from start to finish. She narrowly missed an all-around medal at the 2013 world championships, where she finished fourth.
Yao Jinnan is perhaps China's top all-around medal prospect in Nanning. Yao, who placed fifth in all-around at the 2013 world championships, is especially strong on uneven bars and beam.
On vault, since two-time world vault champion McKayla Maroney of USA is not in .