China National Tourism Administration

The China National Tourism Administration (CNTA; simplified Chinese: 国家旅游局; traditional Chinese: 國家旅游局; pinyin: Guójiā Lǚyóu Jú) is a dissolved Chinese government authority responsible for the development of tourism in the country. The CNTA was subordinate to the State Council. Its headquarters are in Beijing, with regional branches in various provinces.[1]

China National Tourism Administration
Guójiā Lǚyóu Jú
Agency overview
DissolvedMarch 19, 2018
Superseding agency
Jurisdiction People's Republic of China
Agency executive
  • Li Jinzao (李金早), Chairman
Parent agencyState Council

CNTA does not have the authority of a full department within the Chinese government to enforce regulations, but in other respects it acts as a ministry. Provincial CNTA offices in each Chinese province report to the central office in Beijing. CNTA has eighteen overseas offices called CNTO (China National Tourism Offices) that are charged with promoting tourism to China.[1] In Europe, there are CNTO offices in London and Paris.

CNTA is unique as a tourism office in that it is also responsible for controlling the outflow of tourists from China abroad.

Its headquarters were in Dongcheng District.[2] The CNTA was dissolved on March 19, 2018; the duties are merged to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.[3]

List of chairmen

  • Liu Yi (刘毅, 1988-1995)
  • He Guangwei (何光暐, 1995-2005)
  • Shao Qiwei (邵琪伟, 2005-2014)
  • Li Jinzao (李金早, 2014-2018)

Agency Structure

The agency is organized into the following areas.[1]

  • Office (Comprehensive Coordination Department)
  • Department of Policy and Legal Affairs
  • Department of Tourism Promotion and International Liaison
  • Department of Planning
  • Development and Finance
  • Department of Quality Standardization and Administration
  • Department of Affairs on Tourism of Hong Kong
  • Macau & Taiwan, Department of Personnel
  • Party Committee, Office of Retired Cadres

Directly administered agencies

  • Service Center of CNTA
  • Information Center of CNTA
  • China Tourism Association, formerly known as the China National Tourism Institute
  • China Tourism News Office
  • China Travel and Tourism Press
  • China Tourism Management Institute
  • China Tourism Management Institute

Subordinate Associations

  • China Association of Travel Services
  • China Tourist Hotels Association
  • China Tourism Automobile and Cruise Association and China Association of Tourism Journals

Tourist Attraction Rating Categories

The organisation administers the five Tourist Attraction Rating Categories, ranging from A (lowest) to AAAAA (highest).

See also


  1. CNTA in Brief Archived 2013-09-30 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "国家旅游局". Government of China. 2007-12-15. Retrieved 2019-11-24. 国家旅游局 地 址: 北京市东城区建国门内大街甲9号
  3. 雒树刚被任命为首位文化和旅游部部长(附简历). (in Chinese). 2018-03-19.
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