France is one of the most traveled countries in Europe by the Chinese, so to attract more visitors; France is making amends to make their travel easier and more comfortable. Jean-Yves Le Drian, French foreign minister, said that the Chinese tourism industry is booming and he wants to take every advantage of it.
At a meeting with some Chinese business club, the minister said that the ministry had set eyes on zero incident, tight security at hotels where Chinese tourists stay, and easier visa procedures. The government of France will soon open 15 visa application centers in China that would enable its citizens to get French visa, i.e., the Schengen visa within 48 hours. The minister said that these centers wouldn’t be concentrated in Beijing but spread across the country to speed the process and make it more convenient. In 2017, more than 1.8 million Chinese passport holders visited France, one of the most visited countries in the Schengen area.
Le Drian is glad that international tourism is increasing after it was badly affected due to the 2015 terror attacks. He said that people have realized that France has improved its security and it will be okay to visit the country. And therefore, to get the most of the Chinese tourism market, the French government has vowed to make their travel welcome and safe. At the same time, Le Drian said that the government is working towards boosting domestic tourism by encouraging people to visit traditional places and monuments in Paris, the capital of France.
Not only about the Eiffel Tower
There’s a lot to France than just the Eiffel Tower. It is responsible for the French Revolution and the Renaissance, both of which are an essential part of modern history. When you visit France, you’ll see a blend of architecture. There is the Eiffel Tower, which is the perfect example of contemporary architecture and on the other hand, the monuments are belonging to the French monarchy.