Demand for rapid visa service builds as China experiences tourism boom
With a worldwide economy in flux, and global tourism on the rebound after many years of uncertainty, China has emerged as a new leader in the battle for the travel dollars of the well-heeled, as well as the culturally curious.
Currently ranking third overall as a destination, with nearly 56 million visitors in 2010, the country is hoping that inbound travel will reach 3.3 billion visitors by 2015.
Boasting a wealth of artistic, culinary, and historical treasures, China has moved quickly to cater to this influx, with the China National Tourism Administration declaring 2011 “The Year of Cultural Tourism," as well as demarcating May 19 as the official “National Tourism Day." Such efforts have been widely supported and promoted by both official organizations, as well as the general population who stand to benefit greatly from the pending influx to this sector of the economy.
This wave of visitors to the region, however, presents significant challenges to the officials tasked with visa and passport regulations. The US Embassy to China no longer accepts mailed applications, now requiring the traveler or an entrusted representative to be physically present at the visa office and await their turn for approval. With a prior processing time of 4 days now lengthened to 5 days, last-minute travelers, business travelers, and those who have overlooked the necessity of travel documentation until the eleventh hour, all stand in danger of having their travel plans unexpectedly derailed.
Offering full-service standard visa and passport service, as well as expedited and same-day “rush" services, Travel Document Systems' highly-seasoned staff ensure all documentation is in order for customers destined for China. Serving as a liaison to eliminate traveler hassle, TDS eliminates the need for consumers to keep track of rapidly-shifting travel documentation regulations.
Travel Document System's Vice President, Dean Orbell, noted:
"Even throughout a prolonged economic downturn, client demand for visas to China continued to rise in popularity year over year. We anticipate this trend to continue exponentially and for our services assisting travelers to China to account for a substantial percentage of our future business."
MEDIA CONTACT: Abbie Plimpton, Travel Document Systems, Inc., Phone: 1-800-874-5100, Local: 202-638-3800, Fax: 202-638-4674, Email: abbie @traveldocs.com , Web: www.traveldocs.com