John Aquilina, Ambassador of Malta to China, has advised that historic heights have been reached with the signing of a new contract which will substantially boost tourism, business interest and students from China to Malta.
The new contract between Malta’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, and VF Worldwide Holdings Limited, expands the number of centres at which Chinese nationals can apply for Maltese visas from two to 15.
Until now, Malta Visa Application Centres were only located in Beijing, in China’s north, and Shanghai, in China’s south. Each year, thousands of Chinese nationals travelled thousands of kilometres in order to be able to lodge their visa applications to come to Malta.However, even with these restrictions, the total number of visa applications by Chinese nationals has more than trebled since 2014.
The new Maltese Visa Application Centres, located at Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Fuzhou, Shenzhen, Xi’an, Changsha, Kunming, Chongqing, Chengdu, Wuhan, Jinan and Shenyang, will now provide comprehensive access for Chinese nationals in the length and breadth of China.
But it’s not only tourism to Malta which will benefit. Malta’s booming economy is also attracting much business interest from Chinese regional centres such as Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Kunming and Dalian.
Apart from Malta’s expanding infrastructure, Chinese business is also closely watching Malta’s building boom and expansion in other sectors such as finance and computing.Chinese students accessing English Language Schools in Malta will also benefit, with many applications now coming from major regional centres throughout China.
“The opening up of these new centres at the Chinese New Year of the Dog is an auspicious start to what promises to be an exciting 2018”, Ambassador Aquilina said.