Sweden is to open 10 additional visa application centers in China to meet demand from Chinese tourists.

From April, Sweden will add centers in Xi’an, Chongqing, Nanjing, Chengdu, Shenyang,Wuhan, Hangzhou, Jinan, Kunming and Changsha to its existing centers in Beijing andShanghai, according to the Swedish tourism bureau.

With increasing numbers of Chinese visiting Sweden, the newly-established centers make theapplication process more convenient.

According to the bureau, the number of Chinese visitors to Sweden in 2015 increased by 28.5percent compared to the same period the previous year, and many visit for the experience ofits natural scenery and local lifestyle.

Swedavia, a state-owned group that operates and develops 10 airports across Sweden, hasalso signed a memorandum of understanding with Capital Airport Holding Company to betterserve Chinese tourists.

According to the group, it has Chinese speaking staff, signs in Chinese and special offers tobetter serve its visitors.

By ZHENG XIN Feb. 24, 2016

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