Chinese visitors to the United Arab Emirates will now be granted visas on arrival. A burgeoning and increasingly prosperous Chinese middle class has prompted the move, with more Chinese travelling abroad than ever before.
International Airlines Group has criticised a year’s delay in introducing a ten year visa for Chinese visitors that would drive business and create jobs. The plan was announced in October 2015 during the Chinese state visit to the UK. Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, said: “China is the world’s second largest economy and we need to do all we can to encourage these trade links.
Some 18 million Chinese nationals travelled abroad during the three-months from April to May, marking a 12.5 per cent increase on the previous year. With only 15.8 million arrivals in the Greater China region from mainland China in quarter two of 2016, more journeys are being made to destinations beyond Greater China (53.3 per cent of the total) than within the Greater China region (Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), for the first time.
Government officials in the UK have announced a new two-year visa for Chinese nations wishing to visit the country. Beginning on Monday, it will enable visitors from China to make multiple trips to the UK for longer periods, the government said in a statement.
As VisitBritain gets set to host its largest ever tourism mission to China, new research shows that Chinese perceptions of Britain as a tourist destination are stronger than ever. More than 70 travel trade and industry suppliers from the UK including hotels, retailers and tour operators are set to showcase what makes Britain a GREAT destination to Chinese buyers at VisitBritain’s annual ‘Destination Britain China’ event.
UK prime minister David Cameron has announced a number of reforms to visa processing for Chinese visitors to the UK as part of the Chinese premier Xi Jinping’s visit to London. Key among these is that, from January 2016, two year multiple entry visas for Chinese visitors will be reduced from £324 to £85 – the cost of a standard six month visa.
TripAdvisor and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm, have jointly published a new report on the travel and tourism industry titled, Winning the Next Billion Asian Travellers – Starting with China. The report shows that by 2030, more than 50% of the growth in global traffic will come from Asia Pacific and 49% of all passenger traffic globally will be within Asia Pacific or between the region and the rest of the world.
China has witnessed another year of growth in terms of outbound tourism, confirming the predictions made by China Outbound Tourism Research Institute at the beginning of 2011. The China Tourism Academy put the final figures as approximately 70 million trips overseas in 2011, an increase of more than 20 per cent from the 57.4 million trips in 2010.
Authorities in Beijing have granted licences to three foreign companies to organize tours for outbound Chinese tourists. TUI becomes the first European tour operator, along with CITS American Express Travel Services for the US and JTB New Century International Tours for Japan. The move is seen as key to opening up the country’s lucrative outbound market.