China seeks improved tourism ties with Argentina
- Posted by Daniel Meesak
- On 27th November 2015
- argentina, china, cooperation, flights, regulations, tourism, visa
The Chinese ambassador to Argentina expressed the need for greater cooperation on tourism between China and Argentina to improve bilateral exchange and mutual understanding. Chinese ambassador Yang Wanming explained that “tourism builds a significant bridge for intercultural communication” in his opening speech at the 2nd Forum on Tourism and Hotel Investment in Buenos Aires.
Yang described that the two countries already have relatively strong tourism ties considering the vast distance, Chinese tourism to Argentina grew by 500% over the last 10 years to reach a number of over 30,000 visitors in 2014. However, Yang emphasised the need for further work within cooperation on tourism development, quoting issues such as visa processing, flight connections, and tourism services as the main areas with room for improvement.
In June 2015, a previous bilateral accord was rolled out that aimed to make it easier to issue tourism visas to Argentina for Chinese tourists, and was described as a major success with many Argentinian tour guides seeing a rapid increase in Chinese tourists visiting the country. Nevertheless, Yang still underlined the importance of further improving this process to make Argentina a more attractive destination for Chinese tourists.
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