CEO Books European Vacation for 6,400 of His Employees

The Chinese billionaire spent millions booking 5,000 rooms in Cannes and Monaco.

BySusanna Kim
May 11, 2015, 11:09 AM

— -- It helps to have a boss who's a billionaire.

The CEO of Chinese conglomerate Tiens Group booked an all-expenses paid vacation for 6,400 of his best salespeople in France.

Billionaire Li Jinyuan paid for the vacation for about half of his staff, which French media outlets estimated to have cost as much as $22.3 million, the Associated Press reported.

The trip commemorated the company's 20th anniversary. The tour group also reportedly marked a world record for spelling out a phrase with human bodies.

Li, 56, booked nearly 5,000 rooms in Cannes and Monaco, plus 140 Parisian hotels, the BBC reported. Li, who founded Tiens Group in Tianjin, China, also treated the group to a private tour of the Louvre museum in Paris and a performance of the Moulin Rouge cabaret.

PHOTO: Employees of the TIENS Group attend a parade organized by CEO Li Jinyuan as part of a four-day celebration weekend for the 20th anniversary of his company, on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France, May 8, 2015.
Employees of the TIENS Group attend a parade organized by CEO Li Jinyuan as part of a four-day celebration weekend for the 20th anniversary of his company, on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France, May 8, 2015.
Lionel Cironneau/AP Photo

France's foreign affairs minister Laurent Fabius met Li on Wednesday in Paris. The group made a stop in Nice the next two days.

PHOTO: Li Jinyuan, CEO of 'Tiens' rides in a parade on May 8, 2015 in Nice, France as part of the two-day celebration weekend for the 20th anniversary of his company.
Li Jinyuan, CEO of 'Tiens' rides in a parade on May 8, 2015 in Nice, France as part of the two-day celebration weekend for the 20th anniversary of his company.
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The conglomerate works in biotechnology, e-commerce, tourism and health management, the Tiens website states.

PHOTO: Employees of Chinese company 'Tiens' attend a parade on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southeastern France, May 8, 2015.
Employees of Chinese company 'Tiens' attend a parade on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southeastern France, May 8, 2015.
Lionel Cironneau/AP Photo

The visit preceded the annual Cannes Film Festival, which starts this week in the resort town.

PHOTO: Employees of the Chinese company 'Tiens' attend a parade on May 8, 2015 in Nice, France.
Employees of the Chinese company 'Tiens' attend a parade on May 8, 2015 in Nice, France.
Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

The trip ended on Friday with a parade on France's Cote d'Azur. With the employees wearing matching blue or white t-shirts and hats, the tour group spelled out "Tiens' Dream is nice in the Cote d'Azur."

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