China has second-largest tourism revenue 7 years running
China's tourism revenue, following that of the United States, has been the world's second largest for seven consecutive years since 2012 and is expected to keep the ranking this year, with its tourism market growing steadily in 2018, according to a report released on Wednesday.
The global tourism economy continues to grow with slight fluctuations, with tourism revenue reaching $5.34 trillion — a slower growth rate per the report, compiled by the World Tourism Cities Federation and the Tourism Research Center of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
It said global total tourist arrivals, both domestic and international, grew 5 percent to 12.1 billion last year and the growth rate is expected to pick up to 5.5 percent this year. (China Daily)
China to launch 90 Argentine satellites
China will use its Long March 6 carrier rocket to place 90 satellites into orbit for an Argentine company.
China Great Wall Industry Corporation, the international arm of State-owned space conglomerate China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, announced that it recently signed a multiple launch services agreement with Satellogic, a private Argentine company specializing in Earth-observation satellites.
The Chinese firm is planning the first launch this year to deliver 13 Satellogic satellites to low-Earth orbit. (China Daily)
Brazil museum holds first exhibition since fire
Brazil's historic National Museum on Wednesday displayed fossils discovered in the Antarctic at an off-site venue in its first exhibition since the Rio-based institution was gutted by fire last year.
Among the fossils on display at a sister museum -- the Palace of the House of Money -- was a bone from a pterodactyl, which the National says is the first evidence of a big reptile species from the Jurassic era being found in the continent at the southern pole.
The bone, and a few other items being shown off at the money museum, had been undergoing scientific studies at the time of the September 2, 2018 blaze that wiped out most of the National Museum's collection. Eight pieces were recovered from the ashes.
All the rest of the 160-piece exhibition had to be reconstituted using fossils collected from other areas. (AFP)
China punishes 92,000 for frugality violations in 2018
Over 92,000 people were punished in 2018 for violating the Party's eight-point frugality code on improving Party and government conduct.
That’s according to the top anti-graft body of the Communist Party of China.
Among those punished were six provincial and ministerial level officials.
The cases involved various violations, including unauthorized issuance of subsidies or welfare, sending or accepting gifts or money, unauthorized purchase and use of official cars, and using public funds for banquets. (Xinhua)
China to screen 13 films during Spring Festival holiday
Up to 13 films will be shown across China during this year's Spring Festival, a peak time for domestic box office, the China Daily reported on Thursday.
For this season, Kung Fu film star Jackie Chan will return to the big screen in his adventure film - The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang.
Three sci-fi films will be screened, including The Wandering Earth, a film adapted from Hugo Award-winning writer Liu Cixin's 2008 novel of the same name.
Figures on box-office tracker Maoyan show that Crazy Alien, a sci-fi comedy, currently tops the pre-sales box office charts for the first day of the holiday, grossing 29.3 million yuan (4.4 million US dollars), according to the newspaper. (Xinhua)
Young man plotting to attack White House taken into custody
And a young man from the US state of Georgia was arrested on charges of plotting to attack the White House and several other federal buildings in Washington DC.
Officials said 21-year-old Hasher Taheb planned to attack with explosives, that included a homemade explosive and an anti-tank rocket.
He has been under investigation since the FBI received a tip more than a year ago.
Investigators said he was acting alone. (Xinhua)