Whilst millions of travellers cross borders each year without the need for a paper visa, many millions more still find their journeys restricted by complicated application processes and paperwork. Huge strides have been made in travel facilitation over the last decade, yet traditional visa policies remain an obstacle to both tourism and economic growth.
This barrier can however become an opportunity for growth and job creation for destinations around the world through the implementation of progressive approaches to travel facilitation and new technologies to aid the implementation of new visa policies. Our research highlights the benefits of such progressive approaches both in terms of increases in international arrivals as well as job creation.
This report highlights the importance of visa facilitation policies in enabling international travel. It showcases the quantifiable impact of visa policies in five G20 countries, namely, Indonesia, India, Australia, Mexico and Turkey and puts forward recommendations on how to address travel facilitation barriers to further enable the sustainable growth of the sector and job creation.
Many ASEAN countries .have collaborated to make visa applications more straightforward, introducing policies that allow many nationalities to visit with fewer restrictions. But there's greater opportunity still. This report shows how the ASEAN region stands to gain between 6 to 10 million additional international tourist arrivals from further improved visa facilitation.
Results of this report show that facilitating visas for tourists could provide an additional US$ 89 billion in international tourism receipts generated by 57 million more tourists visiting APEC destinations. This growth in inbound tourist numbers could create as many as 2.6 million additional jobs in the APEC economies.