A Chinese billionaire has taken 6,400 of his staff on a four day holiday to France which finished with a world-record breaking human chain in the Cote D’Azur.
Tiens Group Company Chairman Li Jinyuan booked up 140 hotels in Paris where the group visited the Louvre and various cultural sites in one of the world’s most famous and revered cities.
The huge group of tourists then made their way to the glamorous Cote D’Azur, where Li Jinyuan booked 4,760 rooms in 79 four-and five-star hotels in Cannes and Monaco.
It took 147 buses to take the tourists from their hotels to the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, where Guinness World Record officials where on hand to validate the world’s biggest ever human chain.
The 6,400 employees arranged themselves to spell out the phrase ‘Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Cote d’Azur’, to celebrate 20 years of partnership between the Chinese company and the French region.
France is expected to be 33million Euros better off thanks to the all-expenses-paid staff trip.
The group were expected to spend 13million in Paris, home of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc De Triomph and The Louvre.
Nice was expected to be 20million better off thanks to the visit – and many of the guests stayed in hotels Cannes, where the famous film festival is to be held next week, and Monaco, long known for being a playground of the rich and famous.
Li Jinyuan, 57, is listed as a billionaire on the Forbes rich list and took more than half of his staff to the region to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the founding of the company.
According to the company, he founded the company in 1995 international conglomerate with businesses in biotechnology, health management, e-commerce, hotel and tourism among others.
France, which is struggling to revive its economy, is the most visited country in the world, according to the latest UN figures, and is seeing an increasing number of tourists from China.
Almost 85 million foreigners a year support a 150billion Euro industry that delivers seven per cent of the nation’s GDP, according to government figures.
In 2013, the vast majority of visitors to France were from other European countries, but about 3.1 million came from the United States and 1.7 million from China.