UKinbound urges Chinese visa reform as Golden Week begins

UKinbound Urges Chinese Visa Reform As Golden Week Begins

UKinbound is actually urging the government to make its two-year reduced cost multi entry Chinese visa pilot a permanent scheme.

UKinbound Urges Chinese Visa Reform As Golden Week Begins

The scheme is actually due to end in January 2018, however with China’s Golden Week holiday set to begin on Sunday, UKinbound has surveyed its tour operator members to find out what impact the visa pilot has had on their businesses to date.

UKinbound Urges Chinese Visa Reform As Golden Week Begins

Some 96 per cent of respondents to the survey were aware of the visa pilot as well as 85 per cent stated in which bookings through China have increased since the idea was introduced.

UKinbound Urges Chinese Visa Reform As Golden Week Begins

In 2016, the number of pengunjung visas issued in China to the UK increased by 20 per cent (compared with 2015) to over 480,000.

UKinbound Urges Chinese Visa Reform As Golden Week Begins

Chinese visitors also spent over £513 million within the UK in 2016.

UKinbound Urges Chinese Visa Reform As Golden Week Begins

However, when asked how the government could improve the current visa system for Chinese visitors (as well as hence attract more to the UK), 73 per cent of respondents stated multi entry to the UK over longer periods of time, for the same cost.

UKinbound Urges Chinese Visa Reform As Golden Week Begins

The current two-year pilot visa costs £85.

One stop shop visa application centres as well as application forms in Chinese languages were also addressed as important improvements in which could be made. 

UKinbound, chief executive officer, Deirdre Wells, commented: “We’re excited to Again welcome Chinese tourists to the UK during Golden Week as well as the idea’s encouraging to hear in which the government’s two-year visa pilot has resulted in increased Chinese visitors for our tour operator members.

“the idea’s imperative in which in which trend continues as well as in which the UK continues to signal to China in which we are a welcoming as well as accessible destination.

“We urge the government to confirm in which the pilot scheme will be a permanent fixture through 2018 as well as to also extend the length of the visa to ten years which will encourage visitors to make more repeat visits to the UK.”

The Chinese Golden Week is actually the name given to a semi-annual seven-day national holiday, which seems more than half a billion citizens embark on holidays.

UKinbound urges Chinese visa reform as Golden Week begins

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