New visa pol­icy boosts travel to US

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

The 10- year visa pol­icy be­tween China and the United States has trig­gered a boom in Sino-US travel.

More Chi­nese trav­el­ers are plan­ning their own trips to the US in­stead of join­ing group tours for sight­see­ing, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased by Ctrip, a lead­ing online travel agency in Shang­hai.

More than 30,000 Chi­nese ar­ranged tourism and busi­ness visas through Ctrip from Jan­uary to Au­gust, a three fold in­crease from last year, said the com­pany.

Zhang Guan­grui, honorary di­rec­tor of the Tourism Re­search Cen­ter at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences, said the sim­pli­fied visa pro­ce­dures for China have helped to boost spend­ing over­seas, es­pe­cially in the US.

In 2007, when the US be­gan is­su­ing group visas for Chi­nese tourists, the num­ber of Chi­ne­se­vis­i­tors was 397,000. The num­ber rose to 2.19 mil­lion last year, ac­cord­ing to the US Na­tional Travel and Tourism Of­fice.

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