Many of us feel lucky enough when the boss OK’s our holiday time. However, in China a CEO recently took nearly half of his employees on an all-expenses-paid exotic French getaway.
Li Jinyuan, CEO of China’s Tiens Group Co. Ltd took 6,400 of his best sales people on a four-day holiday in France to celebrate the company’s 20th birthday. This included 140 hotels booked for a two-day stay in Paris. This was followed by two days in Nice, during which time the group had 4,760 rooms in 79 hotels between Cannes and Monaco, and 146 tour buses.
The tour group, which is the largest to visit France, went to the Louvre museum together for a private tour while in Paris. They were also treated to a private shopping trip at luxury department store Galeries Lafayette.
“We have mobilized public services as well as tourism professionals, hotels, restaurants, shops and designer brands,” Christian Mantel, head of the French tourism development agency told Agence France-Presse.
While in Nice, the group broke a Guinness World Record for forming the largest human sentence. The staff members gathered at the Promenade des Anglais to spell out “Tiens’ dream is nice in the Côte d’Azur.”
Jinyuan, who was on Forbes’ 2011 list of the world’s billionaires, founded his company, which is an international conglomerate with businesses in biotechnology, health management, e-commerce, hotel and tourism, in 1995.
Reports suggest the group spent $15 million during their visit, totalling in $20 million in total economic benefits for France. According to the latest U.N. figures, France is the most visited country in the world. The country is also seeing an increase of Chinese tourists, which will benefit its $177 billion tourism industry. Nearly 85 million people visit France each year, accounting for 7 percent of the nation’s GDP.
An excursion this large is not a first for Chinese tourists, as a group of 7,000 travelled to the U.S. last year to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Sino-U.S. diplomatic ties. On average, it is estimated the Chinese tourists spend $7,200 when traveling overseas. Nearly 1.7 million Chinese tourists traveled to France in 2013.