The famous 13th century Italian traveller Marco Polo called Hangzhou (Zhejiang province of China) of ‘the most beautiful and most elegant of the world city’, making dream Europeans. 700 years later, the new “Marco Polo” can still enjoy this the most beautiful trip of the world, increasingly affecting an annual salary of EUR 40,000. Its task will be to Hangzhou to the world.
Tuesday, May 20, chosen from among tens of thousands of candidates, it is a young Swiss, Liam Bates (Li Mu in Chinese) who was hired by Hangzhou to be the new “Marco Polo”. Next year, it will be tourism Councillor for the city, in order to present it to the world as a ‘doctor of Hangzhou’ and share its experiences in the city.
In March 2013, the city of Hangzhou Tourism Committee launched a selection of the ‘new Marco Polo – docteur Hangzhou’ worldwide, attracting 25 924 candidates. The winner will have a contract with an annual salary of EUR 40,000.
According to standards, candidates had to meet 4 requirements: first, be registered in networks of communications Hangzhou abroad and succeed to pass all the obstacles in the video game on the theme of the culture of Hangzhou for one year. Secondly, have a good communication capacity. Thirdly, knowledge of the original videos. Finally, submit a plan for international marketing of Hangzhou.
Liam Bates came to China all alone at the age of 16 years. He has learned the Kung-Fu, the comic dialogue and the Erhu. He loves Chinese tea and speaks fluent Chinese.
After that TripAdvisor has launched the selection of the “most popular Chinese tourist destination”, Hangzhou has been elected twice. It is also the city the more Google abroad among Chinese cities.