UK to introduce two-year multiple-entry visa for Chinese tourists
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.
Mazagan Beach resort signs VISA partnership
Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, Morocco, has signed a partnership with VISA, offering premium cardholders the opportunity to benefit from a range of exciting incentives with the ‘VISA Cardholders Special Offer.’ Valid until March 2016, upon booking, all VISA cardholders can now take advantage of a host of complimentary luxuries at the resort.
Passport Health launches travel document processing service
Navigating the ins and outs of passport and visa processing can be extremely difficult, often requiring hours of research, hours of document preparation, and sometimes even long distance travel. Luckily, Passport Health’s new visa and passport processing service looks to end the hassle and create a one-stop-shop for all of your pre-travel health and documentation needs.
Virgin America partners with Alliance Data
Virgin America has announced it will partner with Alliance Data Retail Services to launch a new Virgin America Visa Signature Credit Card and a first-ever Virgin America Premium Visa Signature Card. Both co-brand cards offer Virgin America guests and Elevate frequent flyer program members a host of perks to make their travel experience more convenient, flexible and rewarding.
Visa Europe signs up for Conferma Virtual Travel Account
Visa Europe and Conferma have announced an agreement to make the Conferma Virtual Travel Account platform and network available to Visa Europe members – banks and other payment service providers from 37 countries across Europe – and their commercial customers. Virtual Travel Accounts offer customers greater efficiency and control when paying for business travel.
UK in discussions to boost UAE visas
The British Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates has confirmed there are on-going discussions on facilitating visa procedures for Emiratis visiting the United Kingdom. The envoy, Dominique Jeremy, however, added that as yet no decision has been taken on offering visa on arrival facilities to Emiratis.
Ukraine streamlines visa facilitation agreement with EU
Ukraine made yet another step toward facilitation and further liberalization of the visa regime with the EU, enabling Ukrainian citizens to undergo improved, simplified and clear EU visa application procedures. Such is the summary of the statement which accompanied the new Law of Ukraine “On ratification of the agreement between Ukraine and the European Union introducing amendments to the visa facilitation agreement between Ukraine and the European Community”, signed by the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych on April 8, 2013.
U.S. Travel endorses visa waiver program expansion legislation
The U.S. Travel Association has announced its endorsement of new legislation to help expand the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act, introduced by Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Reps. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), enhances security measures while extending the VWP framework to welcome additional countries.
New visa system for EU travellers
Officials at the European Union have launched the new Visa Information System (VIS) allowing visa applications to be processed faster thanks to the use of biometrics. Fingerprints and a digital facial image will facilitate the identification of visa holders and help to avoid identity theft, the EU explained.
UK passport leader aids travel document needs of Houston
Industry-leading passport and visa service, Travel Document Systems, Inc., announced today that their Houston division will specialize in providing expert passport services to the British business community in the region.
Sports Tourism: The importance of mega-sporting events
Visa has launched a new report illustrating the positive impact of mega-sporting events and the influence they have on tourism spending in the event host countries. Among the first organisations to note the increasing important of mega-sporting events to tourism was World Sports Tourism Congress, which will be examining the impact of the phenomenon during the Rugby World Cup later this year.
Hong Kong Tourism teams up with Visa
In Hong Kong, summer is not only the season of heat and energy, but also the perfect time to splurge, as the summer sale hails avid shoppers from around the world. This summer, there are even more reasons to come and spend in Hong Kong.