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Visa Policy and Chinese Travel to Europe

Publication date:
Nov 2018





ETC has published a report quantifying the potential impacts on European tourism of visa facilitation for Chinese travellers. The results show that a full visa liberalisation scenario would contribute to an increase of Europe’s GDP by 1% and generate additional inbound spending of €12.5bn per annum.

To assess the potential impact of visa facilitation, the report first undertakes an analysis of the main benefits and types of visa facilitation policy and then applies them to travel patterns from China to EU 27 (excluding UK) destinations. It argues that benefits can be gained from a targeted relaxation of visa policy towards China.