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Changes to Chinese Visa policy could benefit fashion industry

The British fashion industry could stand to benefit from a change to Chinese Visa policy, which could make it easier for Chinese visitors to enter the UK.

Last week home secretary Theresa May said that the Government plans to make it easier for Chinese tourists to come to the UK by simplifying and shortening Visa documentation requirements.

The UK China Visa Alliance (UKCVA), which has campaigned for simplification of Chinese Visa requirements, welcomed the move and said that it could provide a £1.2bn boost to the UK economy.

The UKCVA, whose members include the New West End Company, which represents retailers in London’s West End, as well as luxury trade association Walpole, say that the UK attracts fewer Chinese visitors than the rest of Europe because of its complicated Visa policy.

“High-spending Chinese tourists are behind the success story of many established and emerging luxury retailers as well as tourism destinations in the UK but we are not yet harnessing their full spending potential,” said Walpole chief executive Julia Carrick.

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