China facilitates international travel to boost tourism

Bury

China facilitates international travel to boost tourism

Beijing (ANTARA) – In early April, Xiao Ying and her husband flew from Beijing, China, to Geneva for a honeymoon in the charming cities of Switzerland.

The air route, suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, resumed operations in February 2023, marking a significant tourism industry revival for Chinese tourists.

“Air routes that have resumed operations give us more choices of travel destinations,” Xiao said.

According to data from Switzerland Tourism, tourists from mainland China spent a total of 153,723 overnight stays in Switzerland in the first quarter of 2024, 92.2% more than in the same period last year.

“The resumption of flights between the two countries is a major contributor to the increase in Chinese tourist arrivals,” said Shi Bang, director of the board of directors of Switzerland-based LOTO Travel Agency AG.

“Also, visa procedures have been simplified for Chinese tourists,” Shi said.

To meet the growing demand for outbound travel, China has increased flight capacity and expanded favorable visa policies for its citizens.

According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), scheduled international passenger flights have resumed operations at around 73% of pre-pandemic levels. According to a report by Flight Manager, an aviation agency, in April the number of flights between China and countries such as Britain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Italy, Qatar and Turkey exceeded the number of flights of the same period of 2019. information provider.

Currently, international passenger flights connect China with 70 countries, with five new destinations added since the pandemic, namely Kuwait, Serbia, Tanzania, Luxembourg and Papua New Guinea. A number of new international routes have recently been launched, including the Beijing-Madrid-São Paulo route and the Shenzhen-Mexico City route, the CAAC said.

Additionally, China has implemented a visa-free policy for a number of countries to facilitate travel for its citizens.

Following the implementation of Malaysia’s visa-free entry policy from December 1, 2023, 168,000 Chinese tourists visited the country in one month, marking an increase of 35.1% compared to November, the Malaysian Director General of Tourism said. Malaysia Manoharan Periasamy.

To encourage the arrival of Chinese tourists, Malaysia is improving the quality of visitor experience by employing fluent Mandarin-speaking staff at key entry points and working with airlines to offer direct flights from secondary and tertiary cities in China, Manoharan said.

So far, China has entered into agreements or programs to simplify visa procedures with more than 40 countries, and has reached comprehensive joint visa waiver agreements with more than 20 countries, including Thailand, Singapore, Maldives and the United Arab Emirates. Additionally, more than 60 countries and regions offer visa-free or visa-on-arrival policies for Chinese citizens.

Supported by these efforts, the revival of China’s outbound tourism continues to gain momentum. During the recent Labor Day, 1.897 million trips were made by tourists from China to nearly 200 countries and regions. China has become the largest source of international tourists.

“The recovery of Chinese outbound tourism is a boost for the tourism industry and the Swiss economy as a whole. People-to-people exchanges and mutual understanding will also be strengthened,” Shi said, adding that the travel agency is improving the quality of tourism. its services to accommodate the arrival of more Chinese tourists.

Translator: Xinhua
Editor: Natisha Andarningtyas
Copyright © ANTARA 2024

Source link

Leave a Comment

asu asu asu asu asu asu asu asu asu asu asu asu asu asu asu

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t a14t