United Kingdom, 14th August: UK government is going to introduce easier UK visas for foreigners especially hailing from India and China to promote UK tourism.
Announcing about this, the Prime Minister of UK David Cameron stated that his government will work together to make it possible to increase the contribution of UK Tourism to the UK economy.
As of now, UK Tourism is instrumental in making contributions of 115 billon pounds annually to the economy of the country. UK Tourism gives employment to 10 percent of UK’s total workforce, Mr. Cameron added. He was addressing the officials of tourism sector in Central London on August 12.
The message of Cameron for the world is clear- UK welcomes foreigners to visit, travel and spend in the UK and not those who want to work in the UK or wish to get jobs here. And the motive is to increase the number of UK tourist visas for foreigners but not other UK visas needed by migrants to move to the UK.
The recent caps on UK immigration announced by the UK government have made the foreigners believe that UK does not welcome visitors since it does not need them.
There has been a considerable fall in the number of people visiting Britain in the recent past after the new tougher UK visa rules were brought into effect. Number of UK visitor visas went down to 1.67m in the year 2008-09 as compared to 1.92m in the year 2006-07.
India happens to be the 10th biggest source of foreigners visiting the UK on UK visitor visas. In a year, a total of 30 million UK visitor visas are issued to foreigner visitors and the number of visitors are increasing.
UK government has been under severe pressure from Knightsbridge and West End stores to ease UK visitor visa norms for Indians to cash in on the rich Indians shopping in the UK.
China is at 22nd position for the number of Chinese visiting the UK for travel through UK visitor visas.
The PM of Britain says he wants to take Britain in the top five tourist destinations the world over and for this, the UK has to compete internationally.