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Australian passport among the world's most powerful

Australians can travel to 169 countries without having to apply for a visa, making our passport one of the most powerful in the world. An annual index compiled by citizenship and planning firm Henley & Partners ranked Australia eighth in the list of 199 nationalities. Germany was number one with visa-free access to 177 countries, followed by Sweden on 176. Finland, France, Italy, Spain and the UK all ranked third on 175, then Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and the US with access to 174 countries. Find out more.

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Chinese tourist spending up 45% in UK in response to streamlined European visas

Chinese tourist spending up 45% in UK in response to streamlined European visas | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Spending by Chinese visitors in the UK jumped in July, as the country’s shops and restaurants benefited from simplified rules on tourists applying for visas. Chinese tourists visiting the UK spent $78 million on their credit cards in July, up 45% from a year earlier, Visa Europe said in a press release. About 185,000 Chinese tourists came to Britain in 2014, and visitors from the country are now the second highest spending tourists. The surge in spending comes after efforts by the UK government to make it easier for the Chinese to visit. On July 1, Britain introduced a pilot program allowing Chinese citizens to obtain a tourist visa for the UK and the 26 European countries in the Schengen area simultaneously. The extra money spent by the Chinese went on eating out, trips to the supermarket and shopping. Find out more.

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