The Danish embassy in Beijing has experienced a 26 percent raise in visa applications this summer and new agreements are expected to get even more Chinese tourist to Denmark, Danish newspaper Politiken reports.
There are more and more Chinese signs around Copenhagen and more and more hotels are adding water boilers to the rooms and making other small changes to meet the needs of the Chinese tourist. Danish tourist organizations are very keen on getting more Chinese tourists to Denmark.
But it is not only in Copenhagen Danes are working to attract Chinese tourist. At the Danish embassy in Beijing the visa application has been made as flexible and streamlined as possible. Politiken spoke with the Danish Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen.
“Generally Chinese tourist doesn’t like bureaucracy. We have a large diplomatic network to receive the applications. The faster the Chinese can get a visa the better. There is competition on the processing time between the European countries, and we have become very flexible and tell ourselves that we are among the fastest countries in Europe,” Friis Arne Petersen tells Politiken.
Statistics from the embassy shows that the average processing time for a Chinese citizen to get a tourist visa to Denmark is 3,7 days.
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