London First’s response to AOA’s open letter to the No. 10 Policy BoardJune 20, 2013
The Airport Operators Association has written an ‘open letter’ to members of the new No 10 Policy Board, making several recommendations including simplifying the process by which Chinese visitors to the UK are granted a visa and reducing Air Passenger Duty (APD).
London First has welcomed the work the Government has already done to improve the visa application process for Chinese visitors, but we are keen to see further improvements to make it possible for applicants to provide their personal information only once for both the UK and 26-country Schengen visas.
By working with trusted European allies to share processing centres and looking at APD charges, on which the UK is ranked bottom in the World Economic Forum’s competitiveness list, Government departments and partner agencies can ensure that promoting tourism to the UK remains a priority.
Our recent letter to the Prime Minister on the need for short-term action to deliver additional runway capacity serving London can be found here.
A copy of our letter to the Prime Minister on Chinese visa issues can be found here.
A London First paper on how the Government could best maximise tourism potential in the UK can be found here.
The economic case for attracting more Mainland Chinese visitors can be found here.