Destinations see rise in Chinese tourism with visa-exempt agreements

Published on : Thursday, October 26, 2017

china MICE tourismAs of now, China has over 20 visa-exempt entry agreements which were finalised in the last five years except San Marino which was done in 1985.



Apart from the small island nations in the Caribbean and Oceania, China has a visa-exempt agreement with Indonesia. The list also includes the North African countries of Morocco and Tunisia, and Chinese citizens can also enter Serbia and Ecuador without visas. This year, China finalised visa-exempt entry agreements with Serbia, Tunisia, and Barbados.



For smaller island nations, signing a visa-exempt agreement with China often comes with substantial incentives, not the least of which is the prospect of large numbers of Chinese tourists and tourist dollars. These visa-exempt entry agreements can be considered as part of the Chinese government’s efforts to utilize tourism as a foreign policy tool to curry influence in bilateral relations and in international organizations. Although tourism is not the primary goal these agreements, there’s no denying that these efforts help to attract a huge number of Chinese tourists. Perhaps the most notable example has been in South Korea. Chinese citizens cannot enter South Korea proper visa-free but can land on Jeju Island without a visa. The island has seen a dramatic rise in the number of Chinese tourists in recent years as well as dramatic, sometimes violent, incidents between Chinese tourists and locals.



A similar spike can be seen in Chinese tourism as well. Indonesia, particularly has been major a positive results for the visa-exempt entry agreement. Other potential beneficiaries are more traditional, high-end tropical travel experiences, including Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga, Jamaica, Barbados, and the Bahamas. There has been a constant rise in the Chinese outbound tourism and the demand is getting higher everyday; so these agreements might just as well help to suffice the high-income Chinese tourists’ needs.

Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

arrow2Follow TTW
facebook-logo  twitter-logo  LinkedIn_logo  stumbleupon-logo   rss_logo 
ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo


  • 02 AIME 2019
  • India UAE
  • 3 instanbul
  • 07 indywood 2018
  • 07 thehotelshowsaudiarabia 2019
  • 08 JTTX9 19
  • 09 uzakrota 2018
  • 10 OTM 2019
  • 11 BLTM 2019
  • 13 aite 2018
  • 13 TTWarsaw 2018
  • 14 SATTE 2019
  • 16 EMITT 2019
  • 17 AITF 18
  • 18 UITT 2019
  • 20 CITE_TTW 2018
  • 30 PATA



      November 16 - November 18

      November 19 - November 20
    3. INTUR 2018

      November 22 - November 25
    4. TT WARSAW

      November 22 - November 24

      November 23 - November 25
Get our toolbar!
Review on