Chapel strengthens ties with China

Visitors come to Rosslyn Chapel from all over the world
Visitors come to Rosslyn Chapel from all over the world

Rosslyn Chapel has been awarded a new Chartermark from VisitBritain in recognition of its work to welcome Chinese visitors, including the publication of a new souvenir guidebook in Mandarin.

The GREAT China Welcome Charter was launched in 2014 by VisitBritain to help make Britain the destination of choice for the rapidly-growing Chinese market. Visitors to the country from China have doubled in the last five years and tourism bosses believe they will be worth over £1 billion to Britain by 2020.

The Charter – which now has over 300 members - is designed to help Chinese visitors easily identify hotels, attractions, retailers and tour operators that are making themselves ‘China-ready’ by providing information in Chinese and adapting their products for the market.

Ian Gardner, Director of Rosslyn Chapel Trust, said, “We pride ourselves on providing very high standards of service to all our visitors and the Chinese are no exception. We are experiencing increasing interest from China as Chinese visitors seem to particularly enjoy our heritage and culture. We hope that our new guidebook in Mandarin will enhance their visit here even further.’

Jo Leslie, who manages the GREAT China Welcome programme for VisitBritain, said, “There is strong evidence that businesses who go the extra mile in catering for certain nationalities quickly reap the benefits. Rosslyn Chapel is a great example of an attraction which has been quick to recognise the massive potential of the Chinese market and invested accordingly. We’re delighted to be able to count them as one of our first 300 members and hope that many more British tourism and hospitality businesses will follow their example.”