UK makes it easier for Chinese to apply for visas after complaints over high-spending tourists

Britain will make it easier for Chinese visitors to apply for visas following complaints from U.K. tourism businesses that the system doesn't entice enough high-spending travelers from China.

British Treasury Chief George Osborne announced the changes Monday as he led a trade delegation to China on a five-day trip.

Chinese visitors to Europe frequently choose not to stop in Britain because they have to apply for a separate visa from much of the rest of Europe.

The Treasury says many applicants for EU visas will now be able to use the same application for British visas, without having to fill out a separate form.

It also says a new 24-hour fast visa service will be available starting next summer.