New visa policy boosts travel to US
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.