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UK government splits on China visa issue


Compare Car HireUK Home Secretary Theresa May has questioned plans to simplify the visa application for Chinese visitors, claiming it would create a security risk.

Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for culture, media and sport, outlines plans earlier this week for an £8m extension of the GREAT marketing campaign into secondary Chinese markets in an attempt to boost visitor numbers from the country.

This would be accompanied by a “streamlining” of the visa process, Hunt added.

However, in a letter obtained by the Daily Telegraph May states she believed the move would pose a security threat.

The letter, which is written by May’s private secretary, states she believes the plan is “unacceptable”.

The plans have also been questioned by the World Travel & Tourism Council, which argued Air Passenger Duty reform would be of more benefit to the UK.

Hunt had presented the strategy earlier this week, claiming it could triple the number of Chinese visitors to the UK to 500,000 annually.

This in turn would add £500 million in revenue to the UK tourism sector, and create 14,000 jobs.

Currently, visitors can apply for a single Schengen visa to visit much of Europe – but a separate one is required to travel to the UK.

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Posted by on 16/08/2012 in Tourism News

 

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Avis expands Asia network with launch of Taiwan operations


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Avis Car Rental has officially entered the Taiwan market with the opening of three rental locations in Taiwan, making Avis the first international car rental company currently operating on the island. The new Avis facilities, located at Tao Yuan International Airport, downtown Chu-Pei City and downtown HsinChu City serve the Taiwan community and visitors with a “one-stop” mobility solution. Taiwan residents and visitors benefit from Avis’ world-class products and services, including a wide range of well-maintained, late-model vehicles, short- and long-term rentals, personal and corporate car leasing programs, premium chauffeur and transfer services, all backed by Avis’ world-renowned ‘We try harder’ service.

“Taiwan’s fast-growing economy and increasing car rental demand make this the perfect time to launch our Avis brand here,” said Patric Siniscalchi, president, Latin America/Asia-Pacific, Avis Budget Group. “We’re excited to further expand our global footprint and, in doing so, deliver against one of our strategic objectives. Now, more business and leisure travelers can enjoy our world-class products and services.”

In Asia, Avis is a leading provider of vehicle rental services, vehicle leasing and limousine/premium chauffeur services with operations in more than 300 locations through a network of wholly owned subsidiaries, joint ventures and licensee agreements. Avis’ legacy in Asia can be traced back to 1970, when the Company opened its first location in Hong Kong. Operations in Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Pakistan and Sri Lanka followed in 1972. Operations have grown steadily throughout the region ever since and Avis now has locations in 18 markets including India, Mainland China and Vietnam.

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