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Problems With Visas Could Deter Chinese Visitors

Thursday June 27 2013


Chinese visitors could be deterred by visa issues Chinese visitors could be deterred by visa issues


VISA problems are in danger of putting off Chinese tourists from visiting Barnsley, it has been claimed.

The town was the birthplace of 19th century missionary James Hudson Taylor and next year is the 150th anniversary of the launch of his mission in China, where he is hailed as a spiritual leader by more than 70 million people.

Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Owen Gleadall said he was expecting a large number of Chinese tourists as a result.

But he said it was difficult for the Chinese to gain access to the United Kingdom and said he asked MP Dan Jarvis to take it up.

Mr Jarvis said: "It's clear the UK is struggling to compete with our European competitors when it comes to attracting tourists from China. This is in part because of our complicated and bureaucratic visa procedures.

"It’s good the government has made some minor steps to streamline the visa process in China, but these will mainly benefit business users rather than tourists. We need to be more ambitious than this.

"Of course we need to defend our security and very tightly control immigration, but making the visa process a bureaucratic nightmare is surely not the best way to do that.

"We should look carefully at our visa procedures and be innovative in finding ways to ease the way while not compromising security.

"In short, if there are high-spending Chinese tourists who want to come to Barnsley and spend their money, we need to allow that to happen."

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Reply Posted by king hell the third on Thursday June 27 2013 at 21:11
He was born in barnsley .
Left as soon as he could.
Almost caused a war in china
didnt come back here ?

Reply Posted by David on Thursday June 27 2013 at 21:56
If he was such a bad person, why is he revered by 70 million Chinese people?
He left to work in Hull after being accepted as a medical assistant at 19, hardly rushing off.
He never asked for any military intervention, the Royal Navy arrived because of the upsurge in violence against western nationals. The Chinese gentry feared the influence that the CIM were having and circulated stories about babies being stolen and sacrificed.
Does it matter that he did not return to Barnsley? He spent 52 years of his life travelling to and from China trying to do good works.

Reply Posted by David on Thursday June 27 2013 at 21:56
If he was such a bad person, why is he revered by 70 million Chinese people?
He left to work in Hull after being accepted as a medical assistant at 19, hardly rushing off.
He never asked for any military intervention, the Royal Navy arrived because of the upsurge in violence against western nationals. The Chinese gentry feared the influence that the CIM were having and circulated stories about babies being stolen and sacrificed.
Does it matter that he did not return to Barnsley? He spent 52 years of his life travelling to and from China trying to do good works.

Reply Posted by king hell the third on Thursday June 27 2013 at 22:26
Its amazing how. someone reads google and they think they have formed a new friendship with someone 5 years ago new nothing about

Reply Posted by David on Friday June 28 2013 at 03:54
I happen to know the lady in the picture and I also have more than a passing knowledge of James Hudson Taylor. I don't need to justify what I know. It just seems you have a blinkered view of his achievements. The thing is that the link with Barnsley could have an important, and positive, economic impact because of what Hudson Taylor did whilst in China at great personal cost.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Friday June 28 2013 at 03:08
Visas or even passport regulations seem to have detered many people from coming to the UK.???

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguesty on Friday June 28 2013 at 10:36
TOUGH, if we were a bit tighter on regulation maybe we wouldn't have the incalcuable figure of illegals here at the moment.

Comply or don't come the same as if we wanted to go to your country - when in rome.

Oh and JHT is not revered by 70 million chinese, keep seeing this statement bandied around but no evidence to back it up, probably a Barnsley Comical statement or someone like that - very uninformed either way.

All people see is a potential link to the oppressive but very rich chinese regime and see pound signs and therfore give anything that links us kudos, I'd never hear of him until a couple of years ago and neither had anyone else. No one really cares who is he just how they can make a buck. I would like to know who all these chinese business experts are that keep coming up with the ludicrous ideas. Chamber of Commerce can't even attract UK yorkshire busness to barnsley, what they gonna do if they do come here - spend ten minutes in the new museaum, which is free and then toddle off to leeds,sheffield, york etc.