During the Chinese New Year in the past, the tax refund window at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport has a long queue every day. Eighty percent of the team is Chinese tourists, and each visitor has to wait in line for an average of one and a half hours. The French Customs Tax Refund Officer slowly checked each shopping list and even opened the suitcase to check each item, but still elegantly said to Chinese guests in Chinese, “Happy New Year”.
According to the latest survey by the world-renowned online travel platform Travelzoo, France is still the country of choice for Chinese tourists to travel to Europe. Paris is the first shopping paradise in the minds of Chinese people. French Foreign Minister Fabius announced last month that in order to attract Chinese tourists, France decided to shorten the time for handling Chinese tourist visas to France within 48 hours since January 27, the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France. This measure will attract more Chinese people to France for sightseeing and shopping. According to French survey data, more than 900,000 Chinese people travel to France every year, and this number is expected to increase to 4 million by 2020.
Although there are not many Chinese tourists visiting the streets of Paris in the winter, as long as you walk into the “Lafayette” department store and the spring department store, you can see the crowds of Chinese people crowded. Various luxury counters, especially leather bags and jewelry counters. Almost every counter arranged a Chinese-speaking clerk to smile. In some large shopping malls, merchants will pay special attention when they see Chinese customers, because they know that Chinese customers will buy more than 175 euros at a time to get more than 10% tax rebate. Spring Department Store opened a small shop mainly engaged in jewellery and luggage next to the Louvre. On the machine providing tax-free documents, the most prominent language mark is Chinese.
Of the Chinese respondents planning to travel to Europe in 2014, 35% chose to travel to France. Among the Chinese tourists planning to travel to Paris, go to the “Lafayette” department store and spring department store, the luxury shop on the Champs Elysées, and the large and inexpensive shopping mall “shopping”, which is scheduled in advance. Ironing the trip.
Hongwei, the president of Travelzoo Tourism China, believes that the guests who went to Paris this year are different from previous years. In the past, they were mainly the first group guests to France. This year, there are more free travellers. They saw that the Spring Festival coincided with the French winter discount season, and they booked discount tickets early and arranged their own shopping trips. However, it is necessary to remind free travellers that the French have limited English and it is best to learn a few simple French in advance and do their homework in advance.
From the tax exemption documents of the Paris City Tourism Bureau, the average Chinese consumption has reached 1,500 euros, more than twice that of Japanese tourists. For Parisian businessmen, the Chinese have become the number one customer in France after the Japanese and Russians. (Li Bin, the chief correspondent of the newspaper in Paris)
Responsible editor: Wu Yuanchun