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200% jump in Chinese visa applications for PH visit — envoy

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200% jump in Chinese visa applications for PH visit — envoy

/ 12:29 PM May 18, 2017
Chinese tourists try to catch a glimpse of North Korean soldiers from a boat on the Yalu river near Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, on April 16, 2017. Dandong city is the main crossing point to North Korea, and every day hundreds of tourists embark on small boats for a cruise on the Yalu border river and a fleeting glimpse of another world. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELE

Chinese tourists try to catch a glimpse of North Korean soldiers from a boat on the Yalu river near Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, on April 16, 2017. For years, Chinese tourists have avoided going to the Philippines but better ties between the two countries have resulted in a 200 percent rise in the number of Chinese seeking visas to visit the Philippines, according to Manila’s envoy to Beijing. AFP 

BEIJING, China — The Philippine embassy here has recorded a 200 percent increase in visa applications among Chinese tourists and businessmen wanting to visit the Philippines.

Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana said the Chinese government had lifted all travel advisories on the Philippines.

Sta. Romana said there was a huge decline in Chinese tourists visiting the country “before we resolved the underlying issues in the South China Sea.”

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“We were out of the mainstream. The Chinese were touring Southeast Asia but not the Philippines during the period of our strained relations because the Chinese media coverage of the Philippines them was quite negative. Recently, the coverage of the Chinese media has been quite positive,” he said.

The envoy said “the new foreign policy” and the “friendly approach” of President Rodrigo Duterte have helped tourism in the country.

“China, right now, constitutes a big demand of visas because of the boom in tourism and in business travel,” he said. “We will hit one million arrivals this year.”

He said consular offices in China were being deluged with visa applications from Chinese nationals.

From January to December 2016, 675,663 arrivals were recorded, which is 37.65 percent higher compared to 2015.

Meanwhile, a 25.42 percent increase in the number of tourist arrivals was recorded from January to February 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.

Duterte visited China on May 13-15 to attend the two-day One Belt, One Road Forum where he had a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. CBB

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