Events

The programme of 2018 EU-China Tourism Year foresees numerous events including high-level political conferences, business summits as well as b2b matchmaking workshops for tourism operators, but also webinars and public events attractive to Chinese visitors and investors.

If your organization plans an initiative that is relevant to the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year, please fill in the online form here for it to appear on this website for extra visibility.

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Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018: Sense of Place

January 1, 2018 - January 30, 2018

Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018: Sense of Place

Friesland, Netherlands

Major land art project organized by Leeuwarden, 2018 European Capital of Culture. Designed to incite Chinese and other international visitors to visit this World Heritage Site and discover new meanings of this landscape.

More info →
Valletta 2018: The Other Sea

January 1, 2018 - March 31, 2018

Valletta 2018: The Other Sea

Valletta, Malta

Major exhibition of artistic pieces in multiple venues all over the Maltese archipelago organized by Valletta, 2018 European Capital of Culture. Designed to provide a different perspective on the Mediterranean Sea to Chinese and other international visitors.

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Gala Event Celebrating Chinese Culture

January 18, 2018 - January 18, 2018

Gala Event Celebrating Chinese Culture

Venice, Italy

Organised by China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) with the support of Italian authorities, as part of the official opening of the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year. Taking place in the famous Venice Opera House, La Fenice.

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Official Opening of the EU-China Tourism Year

January 19, 2018 - January 19, 2018

Official Opening of the EU-China Tourism Year

Venice, Italy

Official opening co-organised with CNTA and hosted by the European Commission with the support of Italian authorities. Taking place in the very exclusive Doge's Palace, one of the most famous landmarks in the Western Silk road.

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EU-China Tourism Business Summit

January 19, 2018 - January 19, 2018

EU-China Tourism Business Summit

Venice, Italy

First EU-China Tourism Business Summit organized in parallel with the Official opening event and co-funded by the EU. Taking place in the Casino' di Venezia on the Grand Canal.

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Austrian Winter Sports Days: Conference & Ski Race

February 2, 2018 - February 4, 2018

Austrian Winter Sports Days: Conference & Ski Race

, China

The ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA Winter Sports Days, which will be held in its 9th edition in 2018, is one of the biggest winter sports events in China. During a conference day and a ski race with around 100 racers, the event showcases Austria’s competence in the fields of winter tourism and the winter sports industry. Partners are the Austrian National Tourism Office, tourism organisation on Austrian provincial level and companies from the winter sports industry.

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Zagreb Fountains

February 15, 2018 - February 16, 2018

Zagreb Fountains

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb Fountains light installation will be representing a bridge of light between the EU and China.

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Chinese New Year celebration in EU Capital Cities

February 16, 2018 - February 16, 2018

Chinese New Year celebration in EU Capital Cities

Various Locations, Europe

Including the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival with Dublin's iconic landmarks light red and the Helsinki's Chinese New Year programme, combination of an authentic Chinese repertoire and Finish happenings.

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Chinese New Year celebration at the Carnival of Nice

February 17, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Chinese New Year celebration at the Carnival of Nice

Nice, France

Various carnival and flower parades rejoicing the theme "King of Space" combined with special performances dedicated to China and Chinese culture.

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Trsat Castle

March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Trsat Castle

Rijeka, Croatia

Unique celebration of the EU-China Tourism Year on the historical Trsat Castle.

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Spike Island 'China Lights' Evening

March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Spike Island 'China Lights' Evening

Cork, Ireland

Spike Island, Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction 2017, will light up its star shaped Fort's entrance in the colors of China, red and with yellow stars, to mark the celebration of the EU pillar of the light bridge event.

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Innsbruck Olympic Ski Jump

March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Innsbruck Olympic Ski Jump

Innsbruck, Austria

The Olympic Ski Jump in Innsbruck will be illuminated in red on 2nd and 3rd March 2018.

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Caves of Han

March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Caves of Han

Han-sur-Lesse, Belgium

In the heart of the world-famous Caves of Han, the immense Hall of the Dome will be illuminated to the colors of the Chinese flag, and will host various festivities, including Chinese dancers and launching of sky lanterns.

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Brucknerhaus Linz

March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Brucknerhaus Linz

Linz, Austria

The concert and event hall, named after the famous composer Anton Bruckner, impresses with its outstanding architecture and excellent acoustics. The Brucknerhaus is a venue where internationally renowned orchestras, conductors and soloists offer top-class performances. Various orchestras from China e.g. Chengdu City Sinfonieorchester have been performing at the Brucknerhaus Linz. Linz and Chengdu are sister cities and use this network for international cooperations.

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Durbuy Light Bridge

March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Durbuy Light Bridge

Durbuy, Belgium

Red lights onto bridges and main buildings all around the municipality, on the famous anticline, in the old streets and the Topiary park, Sound and red fireworks show,

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Finlandia Hall

March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Finlandia Hall

Helsinki, Finland

In honour of the EU-China Tourism Year the City of Helsinki will illuminate in red one of it’s most important architectural landmarks, the Finlandia Hall.

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Swarovski Crystal Worlds

March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Swarovski Crystal Worlds

Wattens, Austria

The Crystal Cloud of the Swarovski Crystal Worlds will be illuminated in the colours of the Chinese flag.

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St James Cavalier

March 2, 2018 - March 2, 2018

St James Cavalier

Valetta, Malta

St James Cavalier will be lit up on the evening of Friday, 2nd March 2018.

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EU-China Light Bridge

March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018

EU-China Light Bridge

Various Locations, Europe

Various iconic landmarks buildings and sites throughout the EU illuminated in red with golden stars on the occasion of the Chinese Lantern Festival, to build a bridge of light with China. In a number of places, the illumination will be combined with a celebration mixing European and Chinese communities.

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Conference on Europe’s Culture and Water Routes for the Chinese and US market

March 6, 2018 - March 6, 2018

Conference on Europe’s Culture and Water Routes for the Chinese and US market

Berlin, Germany

Partnerships in European Tourism (PET) is an EU initiative aimed at supporting EU tourism businesses and operators wishing to expand their businesses into the Chinese and US markets. The programme offers the opportunity to learn about and directly engage with the Chinese and US markets at a series of in-market and European-based events. Partnerships in European Tourism – Berlin will focus on the Chinese and US markets and Europe’s Culture, Pan European Itineraries – Water Routes and Group Tourism. The conference takes place on the eve of ITB Berlin.

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EU-China Business Matchmaking @ ITB Berlin

March 7, 2018 - March 11, 2018

EU-China Business Matchmaking @ ITB Berlin

Berlin, Germany

B2B matchmaking meetings financed by the EU (Partnerships in European Tourism project) between EU and Chinese tourism operators at ITB Berlin 2018,one of the world's leading travel trade show.

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Marking St. Patrick's Day in China

March 17, 2018 - March 17, 2018

Marking St. Patrick's Day in China

Various Locations, China

On this day St. Patrick's celebration and Ireland is marked in China since its several iconic landmarks light up green. The list of the participating icons of China will be confirmed in the beginning of 2018.

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EU-China Literary Festival

April 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018

EU-China Literary Festival

Various Locations, China

Event bringing together authors from the European Union and China to celebrate literature, culture and ideas, including the traveling theme. Expression of cultural diplomacy and way to build bridges between people.

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EU-China Business Matchmaking @ COTTM

April 16, 2018 - April 18, 2018

EU-China Business Matchmaking @ COTTM

Beijing, China

B2B matchmaking meetings financed by the EU (Partnerships in European Tourism project) between EU and Chinese tourism operators at the "China Outbound Travel & Tourism Market" (COTTM).

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Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018: Eleven Fountains

May 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018

Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018: Eleven Fountains

Friesland, Netherlands

Unveiling of eleven fountains in the eleven Frisian cities organized by Leeuwarden, 2018 European Capital of Culture. Fountains designed by top international artists including Shen Yuan who. This Chinese artist is the author of the fountain in Hideloopen.

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Unveiling of Karl Marx Sculpture made by Chinese Artist

May 5, 2018 - May 5, 2018

Unveiling of Karl Marx Sculpture made by Chinese Artist

Trier, Germanty

Official unveiling of a Karl Marx sculpture created by the Chinese sculptor Wu Weishan and donated to Trier by the People's Republic of China on the occasion of 200th anniversary of Karl Marx.

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EU-China High Level Conference on World Heritage

May 14, 2018 - May 14, 2018

EU-China High Level Conference on World Heritage

Paris, France

Forum exploring new models for collaboration between Europe and China focused on World Heritage. Showcasing the EU co-funded UNESCO / National Geographic "World Heritage Journeys in the EU" project. Conference at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, followed by an evening event in Versailles with the support of French authorities.

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China guest of honour at the European Maritime Day

May 31, 2018 - June 1, 2018

China guest of honour at the European Maritime Day

Burgas, Bulgaria

Conference supported by the EU, including plenary sessions, stakeholder workshops, exhibitions and project presentations. Hosted in Burgas, on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.

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Valletta 2018: Pageant of the Seas

June 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018

Valletta 2018: Pageant of the Seas

Valletta, Malta

Large-scale spectacle of light and fire in the historic Grand Harbour of Valletta, organized by Valletta, 2018 European Capital of Culture. Designed to attract Chinese and other international visitors.

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Valletta 2018: Wave of Music

June 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018

Valletta 2018: Wave of Music

Valletta, Malta

2018 European Capital of Culture, Valletta invites Chinese and other international visitors to a large scale music performance called "Mewġa Mużika" (eng. Wave of Music) in which thousands of local Maltese people gather to create music together.

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EU-China Summit on City Marketing

June 13, 2018 - June 16, 2018

EU-China Summit on City Marketing

Malmö, Sweden

Organized by ECM (European Cities Marketing), the European Association of Destination Marketing Organisations (DMOs) at city level, with the financial support of the EU. Programme including knowledge groups, workshops, presentation of current projects, and one-and-a-half day seminar: city showcases, inspirational lounge, keynotes.

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EU-China Music Camp

August 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018

EU-China Music Camp

Various Locations, China

Event bringing together musicians from the European Youth Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony. Expression of cultural diplomacy and way to build bridges between peoples.

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Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018: Tall Ship Races & The Sea!

August 3, 2018 - August 5, 2018

Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018: Tall Ship Races & The Sea!

Harlingen, Netherlands

International literature festival "The Sea! The Sea!" taking place in Harlingen, on and around the Wadden Sea, with Tall Ships carrying cargo of literature and poetry. Organized by Leeuwarden, 2018 European Capital of Culture and designed to incite Chinese & other international visitors xxx.

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2018 European Union Film Festival in China

September 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018

2018 European Union Film Festival in China

Various Locations, China

Featuring award-winning feature films and shorts from EU Member States screened in theaters, cultural centers and universities. Expression of cultural diplomacy and way to build bridges between peoples.

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China @ European Congress on Rural Tourism

September 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018

China @ European Congress on Rural Tourism

TBD, Lithuania

6th professional congress for professionals on all matters related to countryside and rural tourism. B2B matchmaking meetings between EU and Chinese tourism operators as well as knowledge transfer between EU and Chinese counterparts.

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China Festival in Düsseldorf

September 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018

China Festival in Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf, Germany

China Festival around Düsseldorf's Town Hall. Programme including music, dancing, artistry and many other activities.

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EU-China Business Matchmaking @ Baltic Connecting '18

September 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018

EU-China Business Matchmaking @ Baltic Connecting '18

TBD, Lithuania

B2B matchmaking meetings between EU and Chinese tourism operators take place at this forum focused on tourism opportunities in three Baltic countries (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia).

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Greater Copenhagen @ Beijing Design Week

September 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018

Greater Copenhagen @ Beijing Design Week

Beijing, China

Greater Copenhagen is the official guest city of the Beijing Design Week 2018. Talks, workshops and special events to present Danish design, focusing on urban design and exploring the theme liveable cities.

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The Atomium celebrates the EU China Tourism Year

September 15, 2018 - October 15, 2018

The Atomium celebrates the EU China Tourism Year

Brussels, Belgium

Wrapping the Atomium with the Chinese and EU flags for a period of one month to celebrate the ECTY, with the support of the Brussels Region and the city of Brussels as well as private partners.

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Austrian country pavilion at the World Winter Sports (Beijing) Expo 2018

September 19, 2018 - September 22, 2018

Austrian country pavilion at the World Winter Sports (Beijing) Expo 2018

Beijin, China

The World Winter Sports Expo will be for the third time in Beijing’s China National Convention Center. Austrian tourism destinations and companies from the winter sports sector will be highly visible with Austria being next year’s “Guest of Honour Country” in the Expo. The pavilion will showcase some of the Alps most famous winter tourism destination, top quality outdoor equipment as well as high-tech solution for ski resorts.

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EU-China Tourism Year @ European Tourism Forum

October 1, 2018 - October 2, 2018

EU-China Tourism Year @ European Tourism Forum

Vienna, Austria

Forum of tourism authorities of EU countries focusing on the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year and opportunities for further cooperation. Organized under the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU, with the support of the EU.

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High Level Academic Conference on EU-China Tourism

October 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018

High Level Academic Conference on EU-China Tourism

Paris, France

Hosted and co-organized by the Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University together with Metropolitan University of Budapest, Mid Sweden University and the EU-Asia Centre.

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EU guest of honour at Global Tourism Economy Forum

October 15, 2018 - October 17, 2018

EU guest of honour at Global Tourism Economy Forum

Macao, China

On the occasion of the EU-China Tourism Year, the Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF) has made the EU the 2018 GTEF official partner destination. The EU event at GTEF is co-organised with ETC/Visiteurope and UNESCO (World Heritage journeys in the EU).

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EU-China Business Matchmaking @ CITM

November 1, 2018 - November 30, 2018

EU-China Business Matchmaking @ CITM

Shanghai, China

B2B matchmaking meetings financed by the EU (Partnerships in European Tourism project) between EU and Chinese tourism operators at the China International Travel Mart (CITM).

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Gala Event Celebrating EU Culture

November 1, 2018 - November 30, 2018

Gala Event Celebrating EU Culture

Xi'an, China

Organised by the EU, as part of the official closing of the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year.

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Official Closing of EU-China Tourism Year

November 1, 2018 - November 30, 2018

Official Closing of EU-China Tourism Year

Shanghai, China

Official Closing of the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year co-organised with China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and hosted by CNTA.

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Santa Claus's Tour in China

November 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018

Santa Claus's Tour in China

Various Locations, China

Visit Finland together with its partners brings Santa Claus to the major events in China (such as fairs and PR events) in such places as Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing etc.

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EU-China Business Matchmaking @ CITE

December 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018

EU-China Business Matchmaking @ CITE

Chengdu, China

B2B matchmaking meetings financed by the EU Partnerships in European Tourism project) between EU and Chinese tourism operators at the Chengdu International Travel Expo (CITE).

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China Market Webinar – Partnerships in European Tourism

November 23, 2017 - November 23, 2017

China Market Webinar – Partnerships in European Tourism

Webinar, Online

This webinar focuses on the Chinese market; providing market insights, case studies and best practice.  This will provide background and practical information for candidates looking to join the Partnerships in European Tourism events in 2018, the EU-China Tourism Year.

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EU-China Business Matchmaking @GEM

November 2, 2017 - November 3, 2017

EU-China Business Matchmaking @GEM

London, United Kingdom

B2B matchmaking meetings financed by the EU (World Bridge Tourism project) between 250 EU and Chinese tourism operators with up-to 32 pre-scheduled appointments per participant.

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China Day in Copenhagen

September 14, 2017 - September 14, 2017

China Day in Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark

Presentation of the newest insights from the Chinese market, to help ensuring the adaptation of new tourism products to the expectations of Chinese visitors and to exploit new possibilities (part of the 2017 Denmark-China Tourism Year).

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EU-China Business Matchmaking @ Baltic Connecting '17

September 4, 2017 - September 5, 2017

EU-China Business Matchmaking @ Baltic Connecting '17

Tallin, Estonia

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The Belt & Road China-EU Forum on Regional Promotion

July 10, 2017 - July 10, 2017

The Belt & Road China-EU Forum on Regional Promotion

Brussels, Belgium

Part of the China Arts Festival in the EU to shed light on future prospects of EU-China Tourism collaboration, including at the level of regional promotion.

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19th EU-China Summit

June 2, 2017 - June 2, 2017

19th EU-China Summit

Brussels, Belgium

Signing of the "Arrangement on the implementation of the 2018 EU China Tourism Year" by Mr Li, chairman of CNTA, and Mrs Lowri Evans, Director General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission.

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12th "EU-China Business Summit"

June 2, 2017 - June 2, 2017

12th "EU-China Business Summit"

Brussels, Belgium

President Juncker and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang unveiling the logo of the "2018 EU China Tourism Year". The Year "will provide new opportunities for investment and more people from both sides to discover the beauty of each other's landscapes and ways of life" (President Juncker).

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Familiarization Trip for Chinese Media

June 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017

Familiarization Trip for Chinese Media

Visegrad, Czech Republic

Visit of the four Visegrad countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) organized for Chinese online media representatives and focusing on the touristic attractions that this region offers.

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Master Class on Attracting Chinese Tourism

May 24, 2017 - May 24, 2017

Master Class on Attracting Chinese Tourism

Balzan, Malta

High-level master class on "Attracting Chinese Tourism to the Mediterranean Countries" organized by Malta's Ministry for Tourism together with UNWTO.

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EU-China Business Matchmaking @ ITB China

May 10, 2017 - May 12, 2017

EU-China Business Matchmaking @ ITB China

Shanghai, China

B2B matchmaking meetings financed by the EU (World Bridge Tourism project) between 250 EU and Chinese tourism operators at ITB China 2017. More than 50 co-exhibitors at the "Europe Pavilion" cofounded by the EU and ETC/Visiteurope, including Germany, Slovenia, Ireland, Visegrad countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia).

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New investment opportunities for the tourism sector in Bulgaria

April 28, 2017 - April 28, 2017

New investment opportunities for the tourism sector in Bulgaria

Sofia, Bulgaria

The conference is organized by Andrey Novakov, Member of the European Parliament, in partnership with the European Travel Commission and the Bulgarian-Chinese Business Development Association.

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Getting Ready For China Webinar

February 23, 2017 - February 23, 2017

Getting Ready For China Webinar

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On Feb. 23rd, the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year Webinar was offered by COTRI as part of the World Bridge Tourism Project, funded by the European Union and organised by the European Travel Commission (ETC) and the European Tourism Association (ETOA).

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World Bridge Tourism European Launch

November 3, 2016 - November 3, 2016

World Bridge Tourism European Launch

London,

The World Bridge Tourism project will involve hosting 100 European tourism suppliers in May of 2017, who will meet with a similar number of Chinese outbound operators.

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Zagreb Fountains

February 15, 2018 - February 16, 2018

Zagreb Fountains

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb Fountains light installation will be representing a bridge of light between the EU and China.

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Trsat Castle

March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Trsat Castle

Rijeka, Croatia

Unique celebration of the EU-China Tourism Year on the historical Trsat Castle.

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Spike Island 'China Lights' Evening

March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Spike Island 'China Lights' Evening

Cork, Ireland

Spike Island, Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction 2017, will light up its star shaped Fort's entrance in the colors of China, red and with yellow stars, to mark the celebration of the EU pillar of the light bridge event.

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Innsbruck Olympic Ski Jump

March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Innsbruck Olympic Ski Jump

Innsbruck, Austria

The Olympic Ski Jump in Innsbruck will be illuminated in red on 2nd and 3rd March 2018.

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Caves of Han

March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Caves of Han

Han-sur-Lesse, Belgium

In the heart of the world-famous Caves of Han, the immense Hall of the Dome will be illuminated to the colors of the Chinese flag, and will host various festivities, including Chinese dancers and launching of sky lanterns.

More info →
Brucknerhaus Linz

March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Brucknerhaus Linz

Linz, Austria

The concert and event hall, named after the famous composer Anton Bruckner, impresses with its outstanding architecture and excellent acoustics. The Brucknerhaus is a venue where internationally renowned orchestras, conductors and soloists offer top-class performances. Various orchestras from China e.g. Chengdu City Sinfonieorchester have been performing at the Brucknerhaus Linz. Linz and Chengdu are sister cities and use this network for international cooperations.

More info →
Durbuy Light Bridge

March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Durbuy Light Bridge

Durbuy, Belgium

Red lights onto bridges and main buildings all around the municipality, on the famous anticline, in the old streets and the Topiary park, Sound and red fireworks show,

More info →
Finlandia Hall

March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Finlandia Hall

Helsinki, Finland

In honour of the EU-China Tourism Year the City of Helsinki will illuminate in red one of it’s most important architectural landmarks, the Finlandia Hall.

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Swarovski Crystal Worlds

March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Swarovski Crystal Worlds

Wattens, Austria

The Crystal Cloud of the Swarovski Crystal Worlds will be illuminated in the colours of the Chinese flag.

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St James Cavalier

March 2, 2018 - March 2, 2018

St James Cavalier

Valetta, Malta

St James Cavalier will be lit up on the evening of Friday, 2nd March 2018.

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EU-China Light Bridge

March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018

EU-China Light Bridge

Various Locations, Europe

Various iconic landmarks buildings and sites throughout the EU illuminated in red with golden stars on the occasion of the Chinese Lantern Festival, to build a bridge of light with China. In a number of places, the illumination will be combined with a celebration mixing European and Chinese communities.

More info →
Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018: Sense of Place

January 1, 2018 - January 30, 2018

Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018: Sense of Place

Friesland, Netherlands

Major land art project organized by Leeuwarden, 2018 European Capital of Culture. Designed to incite Chinese and other international visitors to visit this World Heritage Site and discover new meanings of this landscape.

More info →
Valletta 2018: The Other Sea

January 1, 2018 - March 31, 2018

Valletta 2018: The Other Sea

Valletta, Malta

Major exhibition of artistic pieces in multiple venues all over the Maltese archipelago organized by Valletta, 2018 European Capital of Culture. Designed to provide a different perspective on the Mediterranean Sea to Chinese and other international visitors.

More info →
Gala Event Celebrating Chinese Culture

January 18, 2018 - January 18, 2018

Gala Event Celebrating Chinese Culture

Venice, Italy

Organised by China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) with the support of Italian authorities, as part of the official opening of the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year. Taking place in the famous Venice Opera House, La Fenice.

More info →
Official Opening of the EU-China Tourism Year

January 19, 2018 - January 19, 2018

Official Opening of the EU-China Tourism Year

Venice, Italy

Official opening co-organised with CNTA and hosted by the European Commission with the support of Italian authorities. Taking place in the very exclusive Doge's Palace, one of the most famous landmarks in the Western Silk road.

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EU-China Tourism Business Summit

January 19, 2018 - January 19, 2018

EU-China Tourism Business Summit

Venice, Italy

First EU-China Tourism Business Summit organized in parallel with the Official opening event and co-funded by the EU. Taking place in the Casino' di Venezia on the Grand Canal.

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Austrian Winter Sports Days: Conference & Ski Race

February 2, 2018 - February 4, 2018

Austrian Winter Sports Days: Conference & Ski Race

, China

The ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA Winter Sports Days, which will be held in its 9th edition in 2018, is one of the biggest winter sports events in China. During a conference day and a ski race with around 100 racers, the event showcases Austria’s competence in the fields of winter tourism and the winter sports industry. Partners are the Austrian National Tourism Office, tourism organisation on Austrian provincial level and companies from the winter sports industry.

More info →
Chinese New Year celebration in EU Capital Cities

February 16, 2018 - February 16, 2018

Chinese New Year celebration in EU Capital Cities

Various Locations, Europe

Including the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival with Dublin's iconic landmarks light red and the Helsinki's Chinese New Year programme, combination of an authentic Chinese repertoire and Finish happenings.

More info →
Chinese New Year celebration at the Carnival of Nice

February 17, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Chinese New Year celebration at the Carnival of Nice

Nice, France

Various carnival and flower parades rejoicing the theme "King of Space" combined with special performances dedicated to China and Chinese culture.

More info →
EU-China Light Bridge

March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018

EU-China Light Bridge

Various Locations, Europe

Various iconic landmarks buildings and sites throughout the EU illuminated in red with golden stars on the occasion of the Chinese Lantern Festival, to build a bridge of light with China. In a number of places, the illumination will be combined with a celebration mixing European and Chinese communities.

More info →
Conference on Europe’s Culture and Water Routes for the Chinese and US market

March 6, 2018 - March 6, 2018

Conference on Europe’s Culture and Water Routes for the Chinese and US market

Berlin, Germany

Partnerships in European Tourism (PET) is an EU initiative aimed at supporting EU tourism businesses and operators wishing to expand their businesses into the Chinese and US markets. The programme offers the opportunity to learn about and directly engage with the Chinese and US markets at a series of in-market and European-based events. Partnerships in European Tourism – Berlin will focus on the Chinese and US markets and Europe’s Culture, Pan European Itineraries – Water Routes and Group Tourism. The conference takes place on the eve of ITB Berlin.

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EU-China Business Matchmaking @ ITB Berlin

March 7, 2018 - March 11, 2018

EU-China Business Matchmaking @ ITB Berlin

Berlin, Germany

B2B matchmaking meetings financed by the EU (Partnerships in European Tourism project) between EU and Chinese tourism operators at ITB Berlin 2018,one of the world's leading travel trade show.

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Marking St. Patrick's Day in China

March 17, 2018 - March 17, 2018

Marking St. Patrick's Day in China

Various Locations, China

On this day St. Patrick's celebration and Ireland is marked in China since its several iconic landmarks light up green. The list of the participating icons of China will be confirmed in the beginning of 2018.

More info →
EU-China Literary Festival

April 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018

EU-China Literary Festival

Various Locations, China

Event bringing together authors from the European Union and China to celebrate literature, culture and ideas, including the traveling theme. Expression of cultural diplomacy and way to build bridges between people.

More info →
EU-China Business Matchmaking @ COTTM

April 16, 2018 - April 18, 2018

EU-China Business Matchmaking @ COTTM

Beijing, China

B2B matchmaking meetings financed by the EU (Partnerships in European Tourism project) between EU and Chinese tourism operators at the "China Outbound Travel & Tourism Market" (COTTM).

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Unveiling of Karl Marx Sculpture made by Chinese Artist

May 5, 2018 - May 5, 2018

Unveiling of Karl Marx Sculpture made by Chinese Artist

Trier, Germanty

Official unveiling of a Karl Marx sculpture created by the Chinese sculptor Wu Weishan and donated to Trier by the People's Republic of China on the occasion of 200th anniversary of Karl Marx.

More info →
EU-China High Level Conference on World Heritage

May 14, 2018 - May 14, 2018

EU-China High Level Conference on World Heritage

Paris, France

Forum exploring new models for collaboration between Europe and China focused on World Heritage. Showcasing the EU co-funded UNESCO / National Geographic "World Heritage Journeys in the EU" project. Conference at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, followed by an evening event in Versailles with the support of French authorities.

More info →
China guest of honour at the European Maritime Day

May 31, 2018 - June 1, 2018

China guest of honour at the European Maritime Day

Burgas, Bulgaria

Conference supported by the EU, including plenary sessions, stakeholder workshops, exhibitions and project presentations. Hosted in Burgas, on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.

More info →
Valletta 2018: Pageant of the Seas

June 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018

Valletta 2018: Pageant of the Seas

Valletta, Malta

Large-scale spectacle of light and fire in the historic Grand Harbour of Valletta, organized by Valletta, 2018 European Capital of Culture. Designed to attract Chinese and other international visitors.

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Valletta 2018: Wave of Music

June 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018

Valletta 2018: Wave of Music

Valletta, Malta

2018 European Capital of Culture, Valletta invites Chinese and other international visitors to a large scale music performance called "Mewġa Mużika" (eng. Wave of Music) in which thousands of local Maltese people gather to create music together.

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EU-China Summit on City Marketing

June 13, 2018 - June 16, 2018

EU-China Summit on City Marketing

Malmö, Sweden

Organized by ECM (European Cities Marketing), the European Association of Destination Marketing Organisations (DMOs) at city level, with the financial support of the EU. Programme including knowledge groups, workshops, presentation of current projects, and one-and-a-half day seminar: city showcases, inspirational lounge, keynotes.

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EU-China Music Camp

August 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018

EU-China Music Camp

Various Locations, China

Event bringing together musicians from the European Youth Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony. Expression of cultural diplomacy and way to build bridges between peoples.

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Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018: Tall Ship Races & The Sea!

August 3, 2018 - August 5, 2018

Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018: Tall Ship Races & The Sea!

Harlingen, Netherlands

International literature festival "The Sea! The Sea!" taking place in Harlingen, on and around the Wadden Sea, with Tall Ships carrying cargo of literature and poetry. Organized by Leeuwarden, 2018 European Capital of Culture and designed to incite Chinese & other international visitors xxx.

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2018 European Union Film Festival in China

September 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018

2018 European Union Film Festival in China

Various Locations, China

Featuring award-winning feature films and shorts from EU Member States screened in theaters, cultural centers and universities. Expression of cultural diplomacy and way to build bridges between peoples.

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China @ European Congress on Rural Tourism

September 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018

China @ European Congress on Rural Tourism

TBD, Lithuania

6th professional congress for professionals on all matters related to countryside and rural tourism. B2B matchmaking meetings between EU and Chinese tourism operators as well as knowledge transfer between EU and Chinese counterparts.

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China Festival in Düsseldorf

September 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018

China Festival in Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf, Germany

China Festival around Düsseldorf's Town Hall. Programme including music, dancing, artistry and many other activities.

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EU-China Business Matchmaking @ Baltic Connecting '18

September 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018

EU-China Business Matchmaking @ Baltic Connecting '18

TBD, Lithuania

B2B matchmaking meetings between EU and Chinese tourism operators take place at this forum focused on tourism opportunities in three Baltic countries (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia).

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Greater Copenhagen @ Beijing Design Week

September 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018

Greater Copenhagen @ Beijing Design Week

Beijing, China

Greater Copenhagen is the official guest city of the Beijing Design Week 2018. Talks, workshops and special events to present Danish design, focusing on urban design and exploring the theme liveable cities.

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The Atomium celebrates the EU China Tourism Year

September 15, 2018 - October 15, 2018

The Atomium celebrates the EU China Tourism Year

Brussels, Belgium

Wrapping the Atomium with the Chinese and EU flags for a period of one month to celebrate the ECTY, with the support of the Brussels Region and the city of Brussels as well as private partners.

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Austrian country pavilion at the World Winter Sports (Beijing) Expo 2018

September 19, 2018 - September 22, 2018

Austrian country pavilion at the World Winter Sports (Beijing) Expo 2018

Beijin, China

The World Winter Sports Expo will be for the third time in Beijing’s China National Convention Center. Austrian tourism destinations and companies from the winter sports sector will be highly visible with Austria being next year’s “Guest of Honour Country” in the Expo. The pavilion will showcase some of the Alps most famous winter tourism destination, top quality outdoor equipment as well as high-tech solution for ski resorts.

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EU-China Tourism Year @ European Tourism Forum

October 1, 2018 - October 2, 2018

EU-China Tourism Year @ European Tourism Forum

Vienna, Austria

Forum of tourism authorities of EU countries focusing on the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year and opportunities for further cooperation. Organized under the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU, with the support of the EU.

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High Level Academic Conference on EU-China Tourism

October 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018

High Level Academic Conference on EU-China Tourism

Paris, France

Hosted and co-organized by the Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University together with Metropolitan University of Budapest, Mid Sweden University and the EU-Asia Centre.

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EU guest of honour at Global Tourism Economy Forum

October 15, 2018 - October 17, 2018

EU guest of honour at Global Tourism Economy Forum

Macao, China

On the occasion of the EU-China Tourism Year, the Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF) has made the EU the 2018 GTEF official partner destination. The EU event at GTEF is co-organised with ETC/Visiteurope and UNESCO (World Heritage journeys in the EU).

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EU-China Business Matchmaking @ CITM

November 1, 2018 - November 30, 2018

EU-China Business Matchmaking @ CITM

Shanghai, China

B2B matchmaking meetings financed by the EU (Partnerships in European Tourism project) between EU and Chinese tourism operators at the China International Travel Mart (CITM).

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Gala Event Celebrating EU Culture

November 1, 2018 - November 30, 2018

Gala Event Celebrating EU Culture

Xi'an, China

Organised by the EU, as part of the official closing of the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year.

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Official Closing of EU-China Tourism Year

November 1, 2018 - November 30, 2018

Official Closing of EU-China Tourism Year

Shanghai, China

Official Closing of the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year co-organised with China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and hosted by CNTA.

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Santa Claus's Tour in China

November 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018

Santa Claus's Tour in China

Various Locations, China

Visit Finland together with its partners brings Santa Claus to the major events in China (such as fairs and PR events) in such places as Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing etc.

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EU-China Business Matchmaking @ CITE

December 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018

EU-China Business Matchmaking @ CITE

Chengdu, China

B2B matchmaking meetings financed by the EU Partnerships in European Tourism project) between EU and Chinese tourism operators at the Chengdu International Travel Expo (CITE).

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