Saturday 21 October 2017

Visa reform needed to attract investment

Paris has been successful at attracting tourists due to its visa regime
Paris has been successful at attracting tourists due to its visa regime
Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

IRELAND's visa regime must become more streamlined to attract investment, students and tourists, business chiefs have warned.

The organisation Asia Matters said Paris had been receiving more than 10 times the number of Chinese visitors than London because of the "less onerous French visa regime, with attendant impact on Ireland as part of the Common Travel Area".

Business groups Ibec and the Irish Exporters' Association cited difficulties for business people, students and tourists arising from the current regime.

That's according to a report on the contribution of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to economic recovery. The paper published by the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs said businesses believed extra effort was needed to help Irish firms secure tenders for work with major corporations.

More must be done to exploit the success of firms like Kerry Group and Glanbia to help smaller firms gain entry to markets overseas, both groups said.

Irish Independent

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