Tiens Group, led by Chinese billionaire Li Jinyuan, organized the vacation for half of its employees to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the multinational firm.

The travelers took up almost 5,000 rooms in the French resort of Cannes and neighboring Monaco, in addition to 140 hotels in Paris.

Mr Li booked 7,600 train tickets on France’s high-speed TGV trains to ferry his employees to the south coast, where about 4,760 rooms were booked in four and five star hotels in Monaco and Cannes.

Ending the holiday, to celebrate the company’s twentieth anniversary, the workers travelled to Nice, where they spelt out “Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Côte d’Azur,” which was confirmed as the “longest human-made phrase” by Guinness World Records.

It took 147 buses to transport the entire group from their hotels to the promenade in Nice.

The Asian sightseers represents France’s largest tour group. The trip will pump USD 14.6 million into the French economy.

The Tiens conglomerate operates in a range of sectors, including biotechnology, logistics, finance and property. It was founded in 1995 by Mr Li, who is the 24th richest person in China, according to Forbes, which estimates his wealth at USD 1.2bn.

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