The Impact of Visa Facilitation
Visa Facilitation would drive jobs and growth across the world
In 2011, 110 million international tourists or 17% of all international tourist arrivals were required to obtain a paper visa in order to visit G20 countries. For APEC economies, 21% of expected international tourists arriving into the region over the period 2014-2016 would still be required to obtain a visa prior to travel under current visa policies, whereas in ASEAN, one of the most open regions in the world, one in ten visitors still needs a traditional visa.
There have been some significant advances and collaboration with regard to visa facilitation including progressive approaches to implement new visa policies over the past few years. These three reports, “The Impact of Visa Facilitation on Job Creation in the G20 Economies”, “The Impact of Visa Facilitation on APEC Economies” and “The Impact of Visa Facilitation in ASEAN Member States”, use extensive analysis of case studies to highlight change brought about by changes in visa policies.
The reports, conducted by Tourism Economics developed models to estimate the potential gains that visa policy reforms could realise.
Impact of Visa Facilitation on ASEAN Member StatesJanuary 2014
This newest report, “The Impact of Visa Facilitation in ASEAN Member States” was presented on the occasion of the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2014 (Kuching, Malaysia 17 January, 2014). Collaboration between countries and recent advances across the ASEAN region to facilitate visas, including progressive approaches to implement new visa policies have been very successful. Despite the achievements, there are still areas for further improvement. According to the report, ASEAN stands to gain between 6 to 10 million additional international tourist arrivals by 2016 from improved visa facilitation.
The Impact of Visa Facilitation on APEC EconomiesOctober 2013
The report, “The Impact of Visa Facilitation on APEC Economies” was presented on the occasion of the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue (Bali, Indonesia, 1 October 2013). Results show that facilitating visas for tourists could create as many as 2.6 million additional jobs in the APEC economies by 2016 and an additional US$ 89 billion in international tourism receipts generated by 57 million more tourists visiting APEC destinations.
The Impact of Visa Facilitation on Job Creation in the G20 EconomiesMay 2012
The G20 study, “The Impact of Visa Facilitation on Job Creation in the G20 Economies” commissioned for the 4th T20 Ministers Meeting in Mexico, 15-16 May 2012, revealed that visa facilitation has historically increased international tourist arrivals of affected markets by 5-25% following the implementation of policy changes. The actual gain depends largely on the specific visa facilitation actions taken and the markets affected.