Num­ber of Chi­nese vis­it­ing Peru on the rise

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By ZHAO XINYING in Bei­jing zhaoxiny­ing@chi­nadaily.com. cn

The num­ber of Chi­nese tourists trav­el­ing to Peru has in­creased, par­tic­u­larly since Septem­ber when the South Amer­i­can coun­try adopted a con­di­tional visa waiver pol­icy for Chi­nese pass­port hold­ers.

Book­ings for pack­age tours or DIY tours to Peru on Ctrip, a lead­ing on­line travel agency in China, ex­pe­ri­enced a 90-per­cent year-on-year in­crease in the first 10 months of the year.

Peng Liang, pub­lic re­la­tions di­rec­tor of Ctrip’s re­sort and va­ca­tion depart­ment, said the visa ex­empt pol­icy is a big lure for Chi­nese tourists, par­tic­u­larly mid­dle- and up­per-class tourists.

“In Septem­ber, the num­ber of searches for Peru-re­lated travel pack­ages on our web­site was dou­ble that of Au­gust, while book­ings in­creased by 50 per­cent,” Peng said.

The Peru gov­ern­ment an­nounced in Septem­ber that Chi­nese cit­i­zens hold­ing per­ma­nent res­i­dent cer­tifi­cates or visas for the United States, the United King­dom, Canada, Aus­tralia or any state in the Schen­gen pass­port-free zone, with at least six months re­main­ing, would be ex­empt from a tourist or busi­ness visa when vis­it­ing Peru for up to 180 days.

Ni Jiali, gen­eral man­ager of the out­bound tourism depart­ment of Lv­mama.com, said that rep­re­sents a mile­stone for Chi­nese tourists trav­el­ing to Peru and South Amer­ica.

XIN­HUA

Visi­tors take a car­riage ride along­side the pres­i­den­tial palace in Lima, the cap­i­tal of Peru, in 2008.

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