Lonely Planet Writer

Longer US visas for Chinese could spur $85 billion tourist boom

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US set for Chinese tourism boom. Image by Mike Mozart / CC BY 2.0

The federal government has predicted that the new longer visas for Chinese visitors to the US, announced last week, could spur a boom in tourism valued at $85 billion. Chinese visitors can now get business and short-term visas that will last for ten years rather than one, meaning repeat and last-minute visits are far more likely. Experts also predict smaller cities and national parks in the US will particularly benefit as Chinese visitors take advantage of the new flexibility to explore more of the country. abcnews.com