Tour Operators Looking To Chinese Tourists To Give Tourism Industry A Shot In The Arm
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:
[Aside from the UAE, t]he other eight new destinations are Ecuador and Dominic in Central America, Mali, Cape Verde, and Ghana in Africa, Papua New Guinea of Oceania and Montenegro in Europe.
Analysts said, however, tourist groups to the other eight nations, apart from UAE, would be scarce, or mainly business groups, due to difficulties in obtaining visa to these countries, lack of direct flights, and low recognition among the Chinese public.
The destination of UAE would be more attractive to Chinese tourists, as direct fights to Dubai have already been available.
The first tourist group to UAE would start off on Sept. 15, flying Chinese tourists to beaches and luxury hotels there, with shopping at tariff-free department stores also on the itinerary designed by various travel agencies.