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Chinese Tourist Groups Set To Depart For UAE And 8 Other Nations

Tour Operators Looking To Chinese Tourists To Give Tourism Industry A Shot In The Arm

China began direct flights to Dubai in 2006. Soon, tour groups will be able to obtain visas much more easily to travel to the UAE

China began direct flights to Dubai in 2006. Soon, tour groups will be able to obtain visas much more easily to travel to the UAE

In recent years, international agreements and relaxed travel laws have made it easier for Chinese tourists and tour groups to head abroad, and as the global tourism industry remains sluggish, Chinese tour groups look set to head overseas, to countries for which it was previously difficult or impossible to obtain visas. Among the countries that Chinese tourists will soon be able to visit in tour groups are the United Arab Emirates, which is projected to be among the most popular destinations for Chinese groups, as direct flights to Dubai have operated through China for quite some time.

Xinhua notes that the new law will take effect September 15, and it would seem that Dubai and the UAE will experience a jump in tourism (and its attendant capital inflow) from this new relaxation of travel restrictions:

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