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New Visa-Free Guangzhou Travel Most Popular with Australians, Agents Told

May 14, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Almost 40 percent of travellers who stopped over in Guangzhou on a new visa-free policy were from Australia and New Zealand, tourism industry representatives were told in Sydney last night.

“This is why we are here tonight,” said China Southern Airlines’ Chief Corporate Strategist, Mr Chen Guojun, at a Sheraton on the Park dinner for almost 100 travel agents and media.

The policy, which came into force last August, allows airline passengers travelling on China Southern’s celebrated Canton Route to spend up to 72 hours in China’s southern-most province of Guangdong.

Mr Chen said the new visa-free policy had been introduced to allow more international travellers to enjoy the attractions of the home of Cantonese food and China Southern had worked with Guangzhou Tourism to introduce a range of short-stay packages focussing on the best experiences the city had to offer.

Guangzhou Tourism’s Director General, Mr Zhu Li, said that visitors from 30 different countries had taken advantage of the policy since it came into force last August, almost 40 percent of them from Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Zhu said Guangzhou was now China’s third largest city for tourism, registering more than 50 million visitor nights last year.

He invited travel agents to take advantage of the many new and exciting itineraries offered under the city’s new Travel Without a Visa policy.

Guangzhou Dinner Presentation

Shown at the dinner last night are China Southern Executive Vice President Chen Gang, NSW MP Mark Coure and Guangzhou Tourism Director General Zhu Li.

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