Posted by: oliviapontet | July 14, 2013

The number of Chinese visitors to France has jumped more than 23 percent

The number of Chinese visitors to France has jumped more than 23 percent


Figures released this week by the tourism arm of the French government, DGCIS came amid claims that the rules on visas for the Chinese to come to Britain are “colonial” and costing the country up to £ 5 million per day.

The number of Chinese visitors to France has jumped more than 23 percent last year, new figures show, in the latest sign the country is ranked third in Britain to attract Asian customers valued.

France remains the largest tourist center in 2012 with 83 million foreign visitors making a total of € 35.8 billion (£ 31 billion euros) in revenue. Britain was ranked seventh in the league table of tourism, with a little less than 30 million foreign visitors.

Europeans did the vast majority – about 83 percent – of visitors from France, with Germany, Great Britain dethrone the country to make up visit for the first time since 2006.

Chinois en France


But the percentage increase was Chinese visitors, which soared 23.3 percent to 1.4 million.

The statistics were released as Simon Thomas, CEO of the Hippodrome Casino in London’s West End, branded British visa system “bureaucratic madness.”

“Chinese tourists can perform a relatively simple way to get a Schengen visa for 26 European countries, but have an incredibly complicated to get a UK visa, many of them do not bother form process,” said M . Thomas.

The UK Visa China Alliance, a pressure group of retailers in the hope of forcing change, claimed the rules cost Britain around £ 1.2 billion each year.

The French figures came a month after the Shanghai-based Hurun Report placed 2.8 million dollar millionaires in China France first with Britain in fifth place.

“Let me be clear, there is a competition with London, it is a battle between the cities. Our goal is that Chinese visitors come to Paris, stay longer and spend more money,” Francis Navarro, spokesman for the Ile-de-France regional tourist office, said recently.

“Of course, we prefer that Chinese tourists are spending their money in the Galeries Lafayette and not in Harrods,” said the Observer.

Last October, the French authorities have established a common visa office in Beijing with German travel document applications faster Chinese visitors track. He says that the number of visas has increased 20 percent since then.

The high figures for France came despite a series of flights and the recent attacks involving Chinese nationals, the latter being an apparently racist attack on students of wine near Bordeaux.

Now, police are cracking down – 200 officers were recruited specifically to protect tourists this summer and a new guide – in several languages ​​- warns visitors about pickpockets on the subway and youth gangs who pose for the deaf and dumb money and awareness for seemingly reputable organizations.

The manual, called “Do You Speak Tourist?” Affirms that Chinese visitors spend 40 percent of their holiday shopping budget, especially for luxury goods.

This compares to seven percent for the British.

He said that the Chinese want “luxury shopping foremost” and “have an idealized and romantic vision of Paris.”

“A simple smile and a Hello in their own language will keep more than satisfied,” he suggests.

source : telegraph

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