Last year Chinses tourists spent a total of 260,000 nights at hotels in Sweden, according to the Swedish Embassy in Beijing.
This is just a fraction of the Swedish tourist industry’s 60 million hotel nights per year, but it is a figure that is rising fast. Chinese tourism to Sweden is growing by 30 percent, compared to an average European tourism growth of five percent.
And until now tourists to Sweden had to get a visa at the offices in Beijing or Shanghai. But now Sweden is using the company VFS Global to process visas in ten other cities.
And a friendship agreement is to link Beijing and Arlanda airports.
The new visa offices:
Guangzhou (Norwegian consulate)
Hong Kong (Swedish consulate)