Blessed by its lush natural landscape and unique ethnic culture, Guizhou holds enormous tourism resources. When he was visiting Guizhou, China's President Xi Jinping said, "Guizhou, 'the Province of Parks,' needs to enrich its ecotourism and deepen its cultural implications, turning tourism into a big business."
Guizhou has gone through economic transformation and upgrading through massive infrastructure investments, with tourism gradually becoming a pillar of the local economy. In 2017, Guizhou attracted more than 744 million tourists, who contributed more than US$110 billion to the local economy. Both the number of tourists and tourism income rose more than 40% from the 2016 figures. Thanks to the tourism boom, more than 500,000 locals risen out of poverty.
Compared to the tourism takeoff, what's more surprising is that big data has become the landlocked province's new business card to present to the world due to infrastructure improvement, which has helped draw high-tech investments from outside. Home to China's first big data pilot zone, Guizhou has attracted thousands of big data companies, including multinationals such as Apple, Qualcomm, Intel, Hewlett-Packard and Oracle. From 2013 to 2017, the business income of Guizhou's big data-led electronic information and manufacturing industry grew 28.5% annually, while the industry's contribution to local GDP jumped 62% each year. In 2017, the industry's contribution to local GDP surged 86% from the previous year, and its contribution to industrial growth exceeded 15%. Electronic information and manufacturing has become the province's second fastest-growing industry sector.