Foreign air passengers that availed of Beijing city’s 72-hour visa waiver policy saw a huge jump in number in January compared to the same period last year, China Daily reported Wednesday, citing the Beijing Tourism Development Commission. Beijing Capital International Airport had 1,746 transit passengers last month who availed of the visa-free stay, a jump of 184.8 percent over the same period in 2012, it said. The capital approved the 72-hour visa waiver for people from 45 countries on Jan 1, 2013, to boost the city’s inbound tourism. Commission officials, meanwhile, said they are considering a tax refund program to attract more overseas tourists, according to the report. The program would allow foreign visitors to claim tax refunds at shopping malls in the city.
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