UK retailers are suffering as new European visa rules deter Chinese visitors, research by tax-free shopping services company Global Blue has shown.
The number of Chinese shoppers fell in March
The number of Chinese shoppers in UK stores fell by 30% last month, contributing to an overall decline of 21% in the first three months of this year, City AM has reported.
“We are experiencing a decline in Chinese spend this year, with the UK being particularly hit following the introduction of Schengen biometric visa requirements for Chinese travellers,” said Gordon Clark, UK and Ireland managing director at Global Blue.
He also cited “the terrorist attacks on Europe” as a factor in the falling numbers.