Spain’s tourism minister seeks Chinese investment and tourists


In an interview with the Chinese Xinhua news agency Spanish Minister for Industry, Energy and Tourism, Jose Manuel Soria Lopez, expressed the hope that more Spanish companies would invest in China and that Chinese tourism to Spain would grow.

The minister emphasised the “flexibility in the job market, the lower costs of borrowing from abroad and the sweeping range of reforms passed by the Popular Party government”.

Minister Lopez also said that “if he was back in time on Friday he would present a new telecommunications law for approval in the weekly cabinet meeting”.

On tourism the minister highlighted the growing number of Chinese tourists visiting Spain, as many as 177,000 in 2012. In the first seven months of 2013 the number was 112,000 Chinese tourists, an increase of 30%.

The minister pointed out that there was only one flight a day between Spain and China and he hoped to encourage more Chinese airlines to fly to Spain as well as resolving delays in getting tourist visas.

You can read the full story on Xinhua here.

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