China news agency, Beijing, December 14 (Reporter Ying Ni) Lu Yingchuan, Vice Minister of Culture and Tourism of China, revealed on the 14th that in the first three quarters of this year, there were 342,000 commercial performances in China, with a box office income of 31.54 billion yuan (RMB, the same below) and 111 million people attending performances, which was a significant increase over the same period in 2019.
The Press Office of the State Council, China held a press conference on "Accelerating the Construction of a Cultural Power and Promoting the High-quality Development of Culture and Tourism" in Beijing on the 14th.
Lu Yingchuan introduced that the Ministry of Culture and Tourism has strengthened the guidance and support of stage art and art creation, implemented a series of art creation projects in the new era, and organized the exhibition of outstanding plays of stage art, fine art exhibitions and other activities. In the first 11 months of this year, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism hosted 27 exhibitions, with 900,000 offline audiences and over 1.8 billion online viewers. A number of stage art works that show Chinese aesthetic style and are full of distinctive flavor of the times, such as dance drama Wing Chun, Cavalry, Yue Opera Xinlongmen Inn, and national opera Daughter of the Party, have been generally welcomed and praised.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism promotes the improvement and efficiency of the urban and rural public cultural service system, builds a new public cultural space, develops digital public cultural services, innovatively implements cultural projects that benefit the people, and holds mass cultural activities such as "Village Evening" and square dance performances. By improving cultural and economic policies, implementing the strategy of driving major cultural industry projects, actively cultivating new formats and models, launching a series of consumption promotion activities, and carrying out special rectification such as performance ticketing and script entertainment, the cultural industry has achieved rapid growth. In the first three quarters of this year, there were 342,000 commercial performances nationwide, with a box office income of 31.54 billion yuan and 111 million audience, up by 121.0%, 84.2% and 188.5% respectively over the same period in 2019.
At the same time, the tourism industry has accelerated its recovery this year. Du Jiang, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, bluntly said at the press conference that "the tourism market this year can indeed be described as hot". He revealed that in the first three quarters of this year, domestic tourism in China reached 3.67 billion person-times, and tourism revenue reached 3.7 trillion yuan, up 75% and 114% respectively. The substantial increase in residents’ travel has not only promoted the expansion of related consumption, but also promoted economic recovery.
He said that the Ministry of Culture and Tourism will further promote the deep integration of culture and tourism, cultivate new consumption formats and new models, and innovate and upgrade music festivals, concerts and other products. Promote the healthy development of new formats such as script entertainment and tourism performing arts, and promote the integration of food, performance, sports, health care, Chinese medicine and other fields with tourism. (End)