Barbados has signed a visa waiver agreement with the People’s Republic of China, paving the way for this country to tap into the 70 million Chinese travelling market.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Maxine McClean and Chinese Ambassador to Barbados Wang Ke signed the agreement this morning at McClean’s office on Culloden Road, St Michael.
Three years ago, the two countries had signed a visa waiver agreement for holders of diplomatic and service passports.
The pact extended the waiver to holders of ordinary passports.
“The Government of Barbados anticipates that this agreement will make Barbados a more attractive destination for some of the over 70 million Chinese tourist who are increasingly travelling beyond their country and region. This will assist in Government’s effort to diversify our tourism and contribute to strengthening the vital tourism sector and by extension the economy,” McClean said.
“It will of course now also be easier for Barbadians, who are known to enjoy visiting other countries, to travel to China for business or as tourists. This will serve to expand the opportunities for cooperation and friendship beyond official contacts,” she added.
In a written statement lauding the initiative, Barbados’ Ambassador to China Chelston Brathwaite zeroed in on the opportunities for Barbados to improve its technological proficiency. BarbadosToday