Since the Grand Tours of the 17th through 19th centuries, travellers have acquainted themselves with the great art and architecture seeking inspiration, sophistication and education. Tourism architecture and planning is however gaining more and more attention nowadays. It helps attract tourists and income, stimulating the local economy, whilst also helping shape local culture and spread it worldwide.

PLT believes that good tourism planning should not only simply satisfy requirements for convenient transport and a better environment but, more importantly, it should help build up a city’s image. With a centralised and comprehensive city design which accentuates local landmarks, a city can attract worldwide attention. For example, Xia Sha Jin Sha Lake in HangZhou, China, finds its place and global focus through the ‘Energized and Enlivened City’ theme.