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China adopts new steps to bolster consumption, facilitate Internet Plus Tourism

2020-11-19 12:54

 

People shop at a duty-free store in Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province, Nov. 10, 2020. (Xinhua/Guo Cheng)

China is to unveil measures to prompt its consumers to buy more as the prominent restraint on the country's economic development lies in consumption.

BEIJING, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- China will introduce new measures in boosting consumption in commodities and key sectors, and tapping rural consumption potential, according to the State Council, or the cabinet.

Greater support will be provided for the growth of Internet Plus Tourism, to better cater people's demand in consumption upgrading, the State Council's executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang decided on Wednesday.

Figures from the Ministry of Commerce show that in 2019, retail sales in automobiles, home appliances, furniture, construction materials and catering sectors accounted for some 25 percent of the total retail sales in China, and retail sales in rural areas accounted for 14.7 percent of the total.

In October, total retail sales saw a 4.3 percent year-on-year increase, registering positive growth for three consecutive months.

"At present, the prominent restraint on economic development lies in consumption as the main growth engine was seriously affected by COVID-19 earlier this year. It has been picking up in the past few months, yet notable difficulties remain in restoring normal growth. We need to explore new highlights in consumption to spur domestic demand," Li said.

It was agreed at the Wednesday meeting that the strategy of bolstering domestic demands will be firmly implemented. Auto consumption will be stabilized and expanded. Local authorities are encouraged to finetune restrictive measures regarding car purchasing, and raise the ceiling of license plate quota.

People visit the 14th Hainan Autumn Auto Show in Hainan International Conference and Exhibition Center in Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province, Sept. 17, 2020. (Xinhua/Guo Cheng)

Promotion campaigns will be carried out for vehicle purchasing in rural areas and trading in used cars for new ones. In rural areas where conditions permit, residents will be encouraged to buy trucks with capacity no bigger than 3.5 tonnes and passenger cars with engines no bigger than 1.6 liters.

Car buyers will be subsidized for phasing out the gasoline powered vehicles of national emission standard III or below. The construction of parking lots and charging piles will be stepped up.

Regions where conditions allow are encouraged to give out subsidies for trading in old facilities and purchasing green smart home appliances and environment-friendly furniture.

Catering service providers are encouraged to diversify and upgrade their menus, innovate online and offline business models, and improve service standards. Market-oriented promotion of high-quality specialty diets will be supported.

Expanding county and township consumption shall serve as a fulcrum to spur rural consumption. Construction of business and trade facilities in counties and townships and logistics outlets in villages will be stepped up.

Sub-national localities will be supported in building comprehensive public service and consumer service centers that meet rural demands and needs in farmers' daily lives.

People look at products displayed during a live streaming event in Beichuan County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Nov. 14, 2020. (Xinhua/Jiang Hongjing)

Violations such as making and selling of fake or substandard goods will be cracked down on pursuant to law to ensure that rural market will be better regulated.

"Counties and townships shall also be included when boosting rural consumption, as they boast enormous potential. High-end consumption in big cities should not be our sole focus," Li said. "County consumption capacity is modest, yet it will grow and upgrade. Efforts should be taken to adapt to different consumer needs and improve people's lives."

Those at the meeting also agreed on a host of measures to support Internet Plus Tourism. Development of smart facilities in tourist attractions will be taken forward and services such as electronic maps and audio guides will be promoted. Construction of digital exhibition venues in major tourism sites will be encouraged.

Tourist sites will be encouraged to increase online marketing and facilitate new business forms such as cloud tour. Regulatory measures will be rolled out for Internet Plus Homestay. Traditional offline services will remain in place for senior citizens and other special groups.

Accommodating yet prudent regulatory approaches will be improved, and tourism safety monitoring and online complaint handling will be scaled up.

"The model of Internet Plus Tourism will play a positive role in catalyzing consumption. Practices proven effective shall be summarized and promoted," Li said. "Accommodating yet prudent regulation needs to be enhanced and cheating and swindling must be deterred."

 

2020年11月10日,人们在海南省省会海口市的一家免税店购物。(新华社/郭诚)


由于消费对我国经济发展的突出制约作用,我国将出台措施鼓励消费者增加消费。


北京,11月18日(新华社)——据国务院消息,中国将采取新措施,促进商品和关键领域的消费,挖掘农村消费潜力。


周三,国务院总理李克强主持召开国务院常务会议,决定加大对“互联网+旅游”发展的支持力度,更好地满足人民群众消费升级的需求。


商务部数据显示,2019年,汽车、家电、家具、建材、餐饮等行业零售额占全国零售总额的25%左右,农村零售额占14.7%。


10月份,社会消费品零售总额同比增长4.3%,连续三个月实现正增长。


“当前制约经济发展的突出因素是消费,今年年初经济增长的主要引擎受到新冠肺炎疫情的严重影响。过去几个月,中国经济有所回升,但要恢复正常增长仍存在明显困难。我们需要探索新的消费热点来刺激国内需求。”


在周三的会议上,各方一致同意将坚决实施扩大内需的战略。稳定和扩大汽车消费。鼓励地方政府调整购车限制措施,提高车牌限额。

 

开展农村购车、旧车换新车推广活动。在有条件的农村地区,将鼓励居民购买载重不超过3.5吨的卡车和排量不超过1.6升的乘用车。


对淘汰国家III级及以下汽油动力汽车的购车者给予补贴。加快停车场和充电桩建设。


鼓励有条件的地区对以旧换新、购买绿色智能家电和环保家具给予补贴。


鼓励餐饮服务提供者丰富升级菜单,创新线上线下商业模式,提高服务标准。支持以市场为导向推广优质特色饮食。


要把扩大县乡消费作为拉动农村消费的支点。加强县乡商贸设施和乡村物流网点建设。


支持地方建设满足农村和农民生活需要的综合公共服务和消费服务中心。

 

依法打击制售假冒伪劣商品等违法行为,加强农村市场监管。


“促进农村消费也要包括县乡,因为他们有巨大的潜力。”大城市的高端消费不应该是我们的唯一关注点。”“县域消费能力有限,但会增长和升级。要适应不同的消费需求,提高人民生活水平。”


与会人员还就一系列支持“互联网+”旅游的措施达成一致。推动旅游景点智能设施的发展,推广电子地图、语音导游等服务。鼓励重点旅游景点建设数字展览场馆。


鼓励旅游景点加强网络营销,促进云游等新业态的发展。“互联网+”民宿将出台监管措施。为老年人和其他特殊群体保留传统的线下服务。


完善灵活审慎的监管方式,加大旅游安全监管和网上投诉处理力度。


“互联网+旅游模式将在催化消费方面发挥积极作用。实践证明是有效的,需要总结和推广。”“通融而审慎的监管需要加强,欺骗和欺诈行为必须被制止。”

 

来自: xinhua