A Chinese company, Tiens Group, has treated 6,400 members of its staff to a four-day holiday in France to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary.
The Telegraph reported that the company booked 140 four or five-star hotels in Paris and 4,700 rooms on the Cote d’Azur.
The employees of Tiens Group, a conglomerate chaired by one of China’s business billionaires, Li Jinyuan, is the biggest tour group to ever visit France.
During the four-day break between Paris and Nice, the group is expected to spend €13 million (£9.5 million) on hotels, food and excursions – including a mass private viewing of the Louvre museum and a trip to the Moulin Rouge cabaret show.
On Friday, 147 buses took the group to the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, where they formed the words “Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Cote d’Azur”, in a record-breaking “longest human-made phrase”.
Christian Mantel, head of Atout France, a tourism development agency said:
“We have have mobilized public services as well as tourism professionals, hotels, restaurants, shops and designer brands. So far, everything has gone smoothly, the feedback has been extremely positive.”
Mr Li, who was featured on Forbes 2011 list of the world’s billionaires, founded Tiens Group in 1995. The conglomerate has a diverse business in biotechnology, logistics, finance, property, tourism and retail and has more than 12,000 employees.