VisitLondon.com has welcomed the announcement from David Cameron of new visitor visas for tourists from China designed to\u00a0boost London\u2019s tourism sector.\u00a0\r\n\r\nStarting in 2016, new visitor visas for tourists from China will be valid in the UK for two\u00a0years, as opposed to the\u00a0usual six-month limit for standard visitor visas. There are also plans to introduce a new 10-year multiple entry visit visas for Chinese tourists at no extra cost.\u00a0\r\n\r\nVisitLondon.com said the\u00a0economic benefits for London\u2019s tourism economy are expected to be "significant".\r\n\r\nIt said the number of Chinese visitors coming to London has risen by 112% over the last five years. Spending over the same period has risen by 167% and forecasts for the next eight\u00a0years from Oxford Economics anticipate additional growth of 77%.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThe national picture is also positive. Chinese tourists currently contribute \u00a3500 million annually to the UK economy with record numbers visiting the UK, and between April and June this year spending was up 35%compared to the same period in 2014, according to latest figures from VisitBritain.\u00a0\r\n\r\nDavid Cameron said: \u201cChina is becoming one of our fastest-growing tourism markets so making it easier and more convenient for Chinese visitors to come to the UK is extremely important. That is why the announcement I\u2019m making today is great news for our tourism industry and great news for the British economy enabling us to maximise Chinese spending power even further.\r\n\r\n"It will mean that the UK has the best offer in Europe for Chinese tourists and will build on our already strong people to people links, strengthening UK-China relations further.\u201d\u00a0\r\n\r\nGordon Innes, CEO of London & Partners, the Mayor\u2019s official promotional company for London which runs VisitLondon.com said: \u201cThis is fantastic news for London and its Chinese visitors, who are already coming to the capital in record numbers and spending more than ever.\r\n\r\n"Our visitor offering for the Chinese market spans a range of hospitality services and user-friendly tools for Chinese visitors to get the most out of their visit, from impeccable feng shui to congee at breakfast, Chinese-speaking staff, China Union Pay facilities, translated audio guides and much more."