tourism in 2018, a year-on-year increase of 13.5 percent. The province attracted more than 37.47 million tourists who stayed in
the province at least one night in the previous year, up 2.8 percent compared to the year before.
Qi Yaoming, a senior executive from Guangzhou Baiyun Internation
al Airport, said the 144-hour visa-free policy will help attract more international passe
ngers in the months to come and fortify its status as one of the major international aviation hubs in the world.
The airport, one of the busiest in the mainland, handled more than 70 million passenger visits last year. The
figure is expected to reach more than 80 million in 2020.
More than 80 airlines from around the world have opened 222 domestic and inter
national flights to link the southern metropolis with the rest of the country and around the world.