BRITISH businesses will ‘breath a collective sigh of relief’ at plans to streamline visa applications for Chinese visitors, a Burton trade leader has said.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced plans to alter how Chinese nationals enter the UK during his trade trip to China.
Under the proposals, Chinese nationals who visit the EU will not need to submit a separate UK visa application as long as they book through selected travel companies.
It is a move which director of the Burton and District Chamber of Commerce has welcomed.
In a statement, Mr Plant said: “British companies doing business with China, as well as those who count on Chinese tourism in the UK, will breathe a collective sigh of relief at these measures to streamline the visa process for Chinese nationals.
“For too long, Britain has courted Chinese investment and tourism without facilitating the entry of Chinese visitors with the same vigour.
“If these changes help attract more Chinese business and leisure visitors, they should be expanded to include other key markets where British companies are working hard to develop two-way trade.
“A responsive visa system is crucial to demonstrating that the UK is open to trade and investment.”