Britain says it will make it easier for China's citizens to obtain visas, as it seeks a bigger share of the multi-billion-dollar Chinese traveller market against stiff European competition.
Finance minister George Osborne, who is in China leading a British trade delegation, promised the new measures would help the tens of thousands of Chinese visitors hoping to visit Britain. "Have announced new measures to simplify + speed up visa applications for visitors from #China," the chancellor of the exchequer wrote on his official Twitter account.
"Good for tourism and British business," Osborne said. Chinese tourists visiting the European Union using selected travel agencies will no longer have to file a separate application to visit Britain, which is not part of the EU's "Schengen Area" for border-free travel.AFP