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Chinese tourist spend leaps following visa changes

The amount spent by Chinese tourists in the UK increased by 45% year on year in June after visa regulations were relaxed.

Shoppers from China spent £50m on Visa cards in the UK during July, overtaking France and Australia to become the second highest spending tourists behind Americans, according to figures from the credit card company, reported by the Telegraph.

Those from the US spent £140m in June, up 16% on the year before.

The government has been streamlining the visa process for all Chinese visitors to the UK in an effort to cash in on the Far Eastern country’s lucrative tourist spend. As of July 1, Chinese people can apply for visas for the UK and Europe in one process, rather than two separate processes.

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