On 15 July 2015, LATTE was welcomed by delegates from Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration (SMTA) who hosted a travel industry workshop in Sydney to further encourage strong relations between Chinese and Australian tourism through promoting Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta region.
The event occurred prior to the Travel Industry Exhibition, held at Sydney’s Luna Park 16 – 17 July 2015, where SMTA will be strongly represented and a prestigious workshop promoting the Yangtze River Delta region at the Imperial Peking, Sydney, on Thursday 15 July 2015.
Ms Connie Cheng, SMTA’s vice chairman, commented on the growth of tourism co-operation between Australia and China in recent years, saying that increased flights between capital cities and Shanghai (between 15 and 18 per week from Sydney) and a 72-hour visa-free transit within Shanghai for Australians make visiting the city all the more appealing.
“We are natural partners blessed with different attributes and features. To many Shanghai citizens, breathtaking nature here in Australia holds powerful appeal for those who are going out especially while China is experiencing winter.”
The 72-hour visa free transit is available to tourists from 45 countries, including Australia.
It follows the introduction on 1 July 2015 of a tax refund policy for overseas tourists that spend less than 183 days in the Chinese mainland. Visitors are entitled to a rebate of 11 per cent on consumer goods purchased at designated department stores.