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Building of “Unsinkable Titanic” Officially Started

Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort Broke Ground, 1st Global Times Tourism Forum Opened on Same Day

June 6th, 2014, Chengdu Business Daily, E-version

      The project will pioneer three world firsts and three national firsts. Experts at the forum believe that the Romandisea project will be able to attract tens of millions of people from home and abroad every year.


 

      May 30th, Daying, Sichuan. With a shout of “go”, the music by the ancient Qi River swiftly intensified, 18 cannons fired off flamboyant fireworks into the sky, and scores of trucks horned, creating a strong festive atmosphere. Construction of the already widely known full-size remake of the Titanic and its master project - Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort officially kicked off in Sichuan’s Daying County.


 

      Dozens of heavyweight guests from around the world such as the deputy secretary general of Asian Pacific Area Tour Union Ye Hao, social critic Sima Nan and Hollywood scene and model designer Curtis Schnell were present. A major high-profile international tourism event—the Global Times Tourism Forum sponsored by the Global Times news agency opened in Daying as well in the afternoon of the same day the project broke ground. The forum featured heated discussions on the theme—“International Solutions and High-tech Experiences for the Development of Chinese Tourism” with the Romandisea project as a reference. The vice chairperson of the 11th CPPCC and “father of Chinese creative industry”, Li Wuwei delivered his view on the project at the forum. He referred to the rebuilding of the sunken Gotheborg as an example, which tremendously boosted tourism development and incomes. Executive Dean of the Institute of Cultural and Creative Research of Central University of Finance and Economics, Wei Pengju believed, “the ’unsinkable Titanic’ represents a direction for the Chinese tourism industry to upgrade towards.”


 

      Romandisea


 

      A Benchmark Project for International Transformation of Chinese Tourism


 

      According to our information, the Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort, introduced at the Western China International Fair 2013, will cost approximately 10 billion RMB in investment and feature the joint efforts of Chinese, Hollywood and Disneyland teams. Consisting of Mediterranean landscape & culture, tourism, shopping, recreational and vacation functions, the project promises to become an awe-inspiring high-tech experience-based international cultural tourism and vacation resort open around the year that is immune to the sways of day and night, seasons and climates.


 

      As a whole, the project will claim 3 world firsts: world’s first life-sized Titanic rebuild, world’s first interior manmade beach, and world’s first high-tech three-dimensional performance theatre; and 3 national firsts meanwhile: the first high-tech experience-based resort, the first interior manmade waterfront commercial street and the first tourist resort equipped with both light rail and high-speed rail access in mainland China. In addition, world leading technologies will be leveraged to build an international cultural tourism complex, experience museum for world blockbuster movies and prime Chinese and foreign cultures, 6D movie theatre and high-tech performance center, ancient Qi-style town and airfield for business jets and mountain. Kicked off on May 30, the phase 1 project is slated to open to the public in 2016.


 

      Hundreds of experts and elites from around the globe witnessed the ground breaking ceremony. The vice chairperson of the 11th CPPCC and “father of Chinese creative industry”, Li Wuwei acknowledged the project, stressing, “(we) must vigorously develop cultural and creative tourism, pioneer a new ‘blue sea’ in the tourism industry, and drive and support industry clusters and affiliates centered on particular creative products, thus strongly fueling the development of local economy.


 

      Pioneering the Internationalization Voyage of Chinese Tourism


 

      Global Times Tourism Forum Permanently Located in Romandisea


 

      The 1st Global Times Tourism Forum sponsored by the Global Times news agency also kicked off on the same day in the theme of “International Solutions and High-tech Experiences for the Development of Chinese Tourism”. Aimed at prompting the international communications in tourism culture, the forum seeks to consolidate the first-rate resources in domestic and overseas political, business, academic and media communities in the efforts to build the most influential platform in the Chinese tourism sector.


 

      Vice chairman of the 11th CPPCC and “father of Chinese creative industry”, Li Wuwei delivered a 40-minute keynote speech at the forum. He gave his credit to the profound historic and cultural foundation of Daying County and the county’s tourism transformation and upgrading drive, as well as to the model of the Romandisea. After his speech, the invited guests engaged in a heated debate and splendid dialogues revolving “what challenges does the Chinese tourism face in its development, and how to inject cultural elements into tourism projects to create in-depth experiences? What are our inherent historic and cultural advantages and shortcomings in our cultural tourism compared to leading tourist destinations abroad”, with the Romandisea as a sample.


 

      Editor in chief of the sponsoring Global Times Hu Xijin explained that the forum will be held once every two years and the permanent seat of the forum will be located in the Romandisea, Daying, Sichuan. Head of the forum organizational committee, Huang Li said the core reason of hosting the forum there is the tremendous valuable experience provided by Sichuan for the transition of national tourism. In his view, the upgraded version of tourism industry is quickly rising in Daying and has already shaped its own unique model that qualifies it to communicate with the world. More essentially, world-class exemplary products for the transformation of tourism industry have emerged in Daying County now. “It is only natural to locate the Global Times Tourism Forum in Daying, Sichuan.”


 

      Chairman’s words


 

      Chairman of Seven Star Energy Investment Group, Su Shaojun:


 

      Inherit Titanic’s Universal Love, Build World-class Tourist Destination


 

      “After its completion, Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort is expected to draw ten million tourists from home and abroad each year, including more than one million from abroad.” Chairperson of Seven Star Energy Investment, Su Shaojun promised to build the Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort into a world-class tourist destination with a lofty soul and spiritual pursuit.


 

      The already widely known “Unsinkable Titanic” will be one of the key supports at the soul of the entire project. Su Shaojun insisted that harrowing stories that happened when the Titanic sank represented a concentrated release of the noblest side of human emotions hidden deep in people’s hearts for more than a hundred years. “People have never forgotten how at that time people sacrificed their lives to carry out their responsibilities, with men protecting the women and children and couples side by side in life and death. That is the Titanic spirit of responsibility and universal love.” He thinks the Titanic spirit shall be passed on and a really unsinkable Titanic shall be rebuilt, “and let it become the place to pass on and experience the great spirit of Titanic. Romandisea will therefore become a world-class tourist destination with a noble soul and spiritual pursuit.”


 

      The mere period of 7 months from striking the deal to starting construction reflected the tremendous faith Su Shaojun had in Daying. “We are highly committed to the development and future of Daying. We believe this is the prime place for the upgrading of the Chinese tourism industry!”


 

      Experts’ words


 

      The “Unsinkable Titanic” represents the direction for the Chinese tourism industry to upgrade towards.


 

      The project is expected to draw tens of millions of tourists from home and abroad


 

      The Global Times Tourism Forum witnessed a gathering of many heavyweight guests who initiated a heated discussion in the theme-- “International Solutions and High-tech Experiences for the Development of Chinese Tourism”, while also highly commended the Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort.


 

      To Vigorously Develop Cultural and Creative Tourism


 

      Li Wuwei, Vice chairperson of the 11th CPPCC and “father of Chinese creative industry”


 

      “Just as we were talking about rebuilding the Titanic here, the Gotheborg was salvaged in Sweden and is being rebuilt. By rebuilding the ship, they re-boosted trade between China and Sweden and fueled the development of tourism. (We) must vigorously develop cultural and creative tourism, pioneer a new ‘blue sea’ in the tourism industry, and drive and support industry clusters and affiliates centered on particular creative products, thus strongly fueling the development of local economy.”


 

      From the industry perspective, the Romandisea is not just an upgrade.


 

      Ye Hao, Deputy Secretary General, Asian Pacific Area Tour Union


 

      This project is supposed to be a masterpiece of upgraded Daying tourism in a decade. From the industry perspective however, it is not just an upgrade, as high-tech stuff will be not merely featured on the Titanic. High-tech will be incorporated into the entire Romandisea system. Once materialized, these high technologies will at least lead China.


 

      The ’unsinkable Titanic’ represents a direction for the Chinese tourism industry to upgrade towards.


 

      Wei Pengju, Executive Dean of the Institute of Cultural and Creative Research of Central University of Finance and Economics


 

      Consideration of more extensive international needs shall be featured in the tourism products nowadays. Take the “Titanic” for instance. Its draw and role is extraordinary. By rebuilding the Titanic in a place like Sichuan, we are actually realizing great experience economics. This is a direction we can identify with, and also a direction for the Chinese tourism industry to upgrade towards. Hopefully, this project will deliver and steer the entire Chinese tourism sector to develop and improve to a higher and more competitive direction.


 

      Romandisea, an All Fun Experience


 

      Sima Nan, Scholar and Social Critic


 

      I asked my wife: honey, would you come to Daying if the place has a dead sea more fun than the original in Israel and a life-size remake of the Titanic? My wife responded she would definitely go. And she is most probably right. Travelling in Daying can be a really all-fun experience.


 

      Romandisea, Making Daying Tourism One-of-a-kind


 

      Wang Liqun, Professor of College of Chinese Language and Literature, Henan University


 

      The historic heritages of the ancient Qi civilization in Daying are already very scarce now, and can only be found in some historic documents. A more important choice for Daying is therefore experience-oriented tourism. If we can deliver the dead sea and ”Titanic” experiences here, we will be able to create a tourism highlight that is different from other destinations in China. Because of this highlight, the tourism here will be one-of-a-kind.


 

      We Will Always Follow the Romandisea


 

      Liu Jiawen, Associate Editor-in-Chief of Xinhua.net


 

      I believe it is a correct direction for Daying to develop recreational and experience-oriented tourism, especially the kind of tourism centered on high-tech experiences like the Romandisea, so that people can experience exotic attractions without having to venture abroad. As someone working in the press, I will always follow the resort. Together we will witness the project embracing tourists from around the world when it is finished. (by Wang Rong)


 
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