72-hour Visa-Free Policy Makes Chengdu More Global

Authors: Go Chengdu

2016-09-26

Many foreign visitors are highly impressed by Chengdu during their 72-hour stay in the city.
The giant modern sci-fi styled structure, with six huge wings, looks like a sunbird ready to fly. It is the model of the Chengdu Tianfu International Airport, which was brought under construction on May 27, 2016. Upon the completion of the airport's first phase, Chengdu will be the third city in the Chinese mainland to have two airports.
Along with the launch of the air link between Chengdu and many other international metropolis such as Tokyo, Abu Dhabi, Melbourne, Frankfurt, London, Doha, San Francisco, and Mosco, Chengdu is drawing more and more people from other parts of the world to live, work, travel and study.
Convenient traffic, accessibility and mobility are the most important factors considered by tourists. The number of international/regional air routes is a key measure of a city's international outlook and its development in the tourist sector. A pioneer in China in developing its global air traffic network, Chengdu has been making greatest efforts to open more international air routes and upgrading its air traffic infrastructure.
Since 2013, with ever more opening up to the outside world, Chengdu has been maintaining a strong momentum to launch new international/regional routes to Europe, the Middle East, Oceania, North America and Africa.
By the end of August, the city has opened 89 international/regional routes to 74 cities across the world, topping the central and western regions of China. In 2015, the city's total annual passenger throughout hit 42 million (including 4 million from overseas), ranking 30th in the world in the aspect.
On July 17, China's Tibet Airlines launched a direct international route from Chengdu to Koh Samui. It takes just 3.5 hours by air from Chengdu to the Thai island. Air China has planned to launch a non-stop round-trip air link between Chengdu and Sydney in October, which will be the city's second direct route to Australia. In addition, Hainan Airlines has planned to open direct services from Chengdu to Los Angeles and New York. Soon, the city will have three direct routes to the US.
Chengdu started offering 72-hour visa-free transit entry to international transit passengers on September 1, 2013. The policy allows citizens from 51 countries in Asia, Europe, the Americas and Oceania to spend three days in the city if they have valid visas and onward flight tickets. Chengdu is the fourth city in the Chinese mainland to implement the policy after Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
The 72-hour visa-free transit policy significantly helps the city to become an international aviation hub and an international metropolis, showing the city's global outlook, and improving traffic infrastructure and capability of urban management.
After the implementation of the 72-hour visa-free transit policy, between September and December 2013, the city recieved 700,000 overseas tourists, increasing by 19.55% over the same period of a year ago. By the end of 2015, the city had seen 2301,400 entry visitors, increasing by 16.35% year on year and 2.86 times of the number in 2010. Its foreign exchange revenue hit $873 million, up 17.87% over a year ago and 3.02 times of the number in 2010.
Over the recent years, the city has been seeing an increasing number of people from around the world to Chengdu to travel, work and do business, advancing its rapid growth in the tourist industry.
Many foreign visitors are highly impressed by Chengdu during their 72-hour stay in the city.
Gianlugigi Mondaini, CEO of an architectural design firm in Italy, is the first foreign visitor offered with the 72-hour visa-free stay in Chengdu.
During the three days, Mr. Mondaini had face-to-face talks with four Chengdu-based companies and reached a cooperation agreement with one of them, by which he and his partner will establish a design firm in Chengdu. Every day,many foreign visitors like Mr. Mondaini are seen in the city's attractions and business districts, convention & exhibition venues, and hi-tech industry parks.

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