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China, Jamaica mull visa waiver

Published:Monday | August 26, 2013 | 9:29 AM

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says visa waiver talks are underway with the Chinese Government.



According to Simpson Miller, the move could boost tourism in Jamaica.



She says Jamaica's foreign affairs ministry will be working with the Chinese foreign affairs ministry with a view to reaching an agreement for easier travel between both countries.



Currently, Chinese wishing to visit Jamaica have to travel to Beijing and apply for visa, which is considered to be a significant hurdle.



According to Ralph Thomas, Jamaica's Ambassador to China, the removal of the visa requirement could attract Chinese investment to the Jamaican hotel sector.



Thomas says investors would also seek to bring in Chinese to fill their hotels.



The China Council for the Promotion of International Trade has reported that in 2012, more 83 million Chinese travelled as tourists.



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