Tourism ministers and industry leaders pledge to ease entry procedures for tourists
UNWTO seeks to ease holiday visa restrictions across countries
LONDON, England - The chairman of the executive board of TUI Travel - parent company for Holiday Hypermarket - joined a panel of ministers from around the world recently to discuss easing border control requirements for holidaymakers.
The discussion took place at the 2012 UNWTO & WTM Ministers' Summit, held in London, and brought key members of the private and public sector together to discuss stimulating countries' economic growth through tourism.
Public sector panellists included ministers from Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
For those living in the UK, visa requirements are dependent on a person's type of British nationality. Some countries, such as Australia, require visas on arrival, while visiting countries such as Cuba, India and China requires pre-arrival visas.
E-Commerce Manager at Holiday Hypermarket, Calum Macdonald, comments: "Applying for visas before travelling or paying expensive fees at arrival gates is not a great way to start a holiday, whether you're heading to the Caribbean for leisure or doing business in the Middle East.
"We see this Ministers' Summit not only as a way to relax the barriers between us but also to generate jobs and support tourism worldwide. This is an industry that is absolutely essential for many countries as it creates opportunities for employment in countless goods and services industries."