UK falling behind in attracting Chinese visitors

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  1. uggboy
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    UK falling behind in attracting Chinese visitors:(

    Hilton Hotels and Resorts has released a new report outlining how the UK is missing out on tens of millions of pounds of spending from Chinese visitors.

    The report from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) identified necessary UK actions needed to attract a bigger share of the lucrative in-bound Chinese tourism market.

    Of an estimated 3 million Chinese visitor trips to Europe in 2010, only around 127,000 came to the UK, despite the country enjoying good publicity from the Royal Wedding and the pending Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    With numbers predicted to rise to 240,000 by 2014, the UK is lagging behind its European neighbours Italy, France and Germany, which are currently attracting between 500,000 and 700,000 Chinese visitors each per year.

    Three main reasons for the UK falling behind were identified:

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    I'd also throw in the Air Passenger Duty (APD)...:confused:
     
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    This could be one of the big reason too as the flight prices going up and it simply looks so much more unattractive all of a sudden to travelers incl. the Chinese visitor to the UK! On another note, I wonder what the Euro has to do with it? Many Chinese are on European cross-travel eg. visiting Paris, Rome and lets say Vienna, all this destinations use the Euro and there will be no problems with exchange rates either between them.
     
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    I'm sure it's a combination of visas, taxes, APD, exchange rates, etc....not to mention horrid queues to enter the UK at times...
     
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