Tourism looks to tap China

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Hel­lenic Tourism En­ter­prises (SETE) has sent a let­ter to the Tourism Min­istry out­lin­ing the steps Greece should take to fa­cil­i­tate and ac­cel­er­ate the is­su­ing of Schen­gen visas that will fur­ther bol­ster the in­flux of visi­tors from fast-grow­ing tourist mar­kets such as China. SETE says visas should be is­sued within 48 hours of ap­pli­ca­tion sub­mis­sion, while the mul­ti­ple visa is­sue sys­tem should be based on the rule pro­vid­ing for a sin­gle-use visa upon the first visit to Greece, a one-year mul­ti­ple visa upon the sec­ond and a three-year mul­ti­ple visa the third time a per­son vis­its the coun­try. Ac­cord­ing to the United Na­tions World Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UNWTO), China was the big­gest con­trib­u­tor to global tourism in 2012, ac­count­ing for travel ex­pen­di­ture of $102 bil­lion.

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