EU and China discuss approaches to Tourism Management (11/09/2015)

11 September 2015 - The International Organization for Migration (IOM), with the support of the Italian Consulate General and other EU Member States’ representations in Guangzhou, facilitated a Training Workshop “European Approaches to Tourism Management for Travel Agencies and Tourism Authorities in Provinces” at the Marriot Hotel, Guangzhou, Guangdong province.

The workshop was the first activity of the ‘EU-China Dialogue of Migration and mobility Support Project’ funded by the European Union Partnership Instrument (PI). The three-year project, launched in April this year in Beijing, aims to contribute to the efforts of the EU in reaching an inclusive policy dialogue and exchange with China to maximize the benefit of international migration. 

The objective of the training was to contribute to promoting regular migration flows from China to Europe, in line with the EU growth priorities, by enhancing management capacities of provincial tourism authorities/travel agencies on implementing ‘Approved Destination Status’ (ADS)-supported tourism.

Over 50 representatives from the EU MS Consulates, Chinese Travel agencies, as well as the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and the Delegation of the European Union to China attended the Workshop 

Mr. Marcin Grabiec of the Delegation of the European Union in Beijing reflected in his opening remarks on new policy developments surrounding Schengen Visa and the introduction in China of the Visa Information Systems (VIS) effective as of October this year. Mr. Pär Liljert, Head of IOM China Office stressed on the role of such training activities in improving tourism management between EU and China. Several EU MS Consulates presented European Approaches to visa processing and issuance, ADS system and operations as well as measures to prevent irregular migration through misuse of ADS. The GZL International Travel Service Ltd., on behalf of the Chinese travel agencies, provided an overview of operations at ADS –accredited travel agencies.

The training used an interactive approach and was mainly focussed on; 1) sharing Common ‘Schengen’ visa policy, European up-to-date visa application practices and developments, the ADS visa application process and other issues relevant to visa processing; 2) bringing practical solutions to provincial tourism authorities/travel agencies on implementing ADS-supported tourism; and 3) facilitating joined efforts among IOM, the EU MS as well as provincial tourism authorities/travel agencies in reducing the risks of irregular migration by improving tourism management.

To help improve operations of the Chinese provincial travel agencies, Handbooks on ADS-related issues including CNTA-EU MOU, VIS, ADS Sanctions Manual, Schengen Visa Application Form and other relevant information were disseminated by IOM among participating Chinese travel agencies.   


For more information:

EU Delegation to China:

European Agenda on Migration: