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As pound falls, Shanghai tourists book packages to Britain

WITH the British pound taking a hit following the Brexit vote local travel agencies are reporting a significant rise in tourists from Shanghai buying tour packages to Britain.

The Shanghai Spring Tour said many tourists booked tours to Britain after the vote result was announced, with many of them keen to buy pound as well.

Almost all tour packages this summer to Britain have been sold out, it said.

“I was thinking of a holiday destination because my 13-year-old daughter will have her summer vacation soon. I had almost decided on Japan but now I think Britain may be a good idea because it may be cheaper,” said Cherry Xiao, a local white collar worker.

Online travel operator Ctrip said it noticed a jump in clicks on its website on tours to UK.

The depreciation of pound will cut the expenditure of Chinese tourists traveling to Britain, a boon for those who like shopping, said another online travel operator Tongcheng.

Ctrip said the new two-year multiple entry visa policy implemented by Britain has also helped attract the Chinese travelers.


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