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seneca Post time: 2012-1-19 17:24
By the way, Hongkongers were more sinophile prior to 2008. From the dawn of the new century to the e ...
@senecca, we are concurring on the main points raised and here are some fresh statistics to justify our discussions that sadly, some here among this @Tien were/are unable to grasp at all. Please read on:
- WASHINGTON / BEIJING - The United States is expected to simplify and quicken the process of visa applications for Chinese travellers, US President Barack Obama announced on Thursday as part of an initiative to boost tourism.
- "Every year, tens of millions of tourists from all over the world come and visit America. And the more folks who visit America, the more Americans we get back to work," Obama said in the White House news release.
- Emerging markets such as China, Brazil and India are specifically mentioned in his plan as tourists from the three countries contributed about $15 billion and thousands of jobs to the US economy in 2010.
- The number of travellers from China is projected to grow by 135 percent by 2016 compared to 2010. Chinese tourists on average spend more than $6,000 per trip, according to the US Department of Commerce.
- HONG KONG - The Hong Kong government will work with Chinese mainland authorities to hunt agents bringing pregnant mainland women to Hong Kong without an appointment, Director of the city's Immigration Eric Chan said Friday.
- Meanwhile, the department handled 253 million passengers at immigration checkpoints, up 5.2 percent in 2010. Mainlanders topped the passenger list, with a daily average of 76,389, up 24.1 percent.
- To meet the demand for various services, Chan said the department will recruit 285 staff this year and the next year. The department also estimated 7.27 million passengers will pass through land, sea and air control points during Chinese Lunar New Year period, 8 percent more than last year.
- About 2.43 million passengers, 270,000 daily, will pass through Lo Wu, the busiest control point.