Visa requests by business, tourists on the rise

Almost 1.9 million issued in 2012

Visa requests by business, tourists on the rise

Rome, July 10 - Tourism and business visas for visitors to Italy rose last year, and further increases are expected as part of the preparations for Milan Expo 2015, the foreign ministry said Wednesday. Almost 1.9 million visas were issued in 2012, a 9% increase over the previous year, including a jump in requests by tourists who accounted for more than 1.3 million of those visas. Almost 203,000 others were issue for business-related travel. Russia, China, Turkey and India accounted for the bulk of the visa requests. Expo 2015 in Milan, also known as the World's Fair, should boost visa requests by another 700,000, the ministry said.

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