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This Chinese Businessman Took 6,400 Workers On Holiday To France For Four Days

The group are expected to spend €13 million (£9.5 million) while in France.

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A spokesperson for the French foreign minister said the staff – of Tiens Group – had booked up 140 hotels in the centre of Paris during the four-day break, Reuters reported.

Billionaire Li Jinyuan founded Tiens Group in 1995 and turned it into an international conglomerate, with tourism, e-commerce, and biotechnology businesses among its interests.

The trip to France has seen the Tiens Group employees visit famous sights such as the Louvre museum as well as travelling to Nice.

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During the trip to the Côte d'Azur, the staff booked out a further 4,700 hotel rooms. In total, the group was expected to spend €13 million (£9.5 million) while in France, The Telegraph reported.

Christian Mantel, head of Atout France, a tourism development agency, told AFP: “We have mobilised public services as well as tourism professionals, hotels, restaurants, shops and designer brands.

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“So far everything has gone smoothly, the feedback has been extremely positive.”

On Friday, almost 150 buses took the employees to the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, where they created the longest ever human-made phrase – spelling out “Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Côte d'Azur”.

It wasn’t all good news for Tiens Group staff though, the 6,400 on the trip were only half the total workforce – meaning half the workers had to stay behind in China.

Richard James is acting head of news for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

Contact Richard James at richard.james@buzzfeed.com.

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