Shanghai to permit 72 hrs visa free entry, but not for India, Pak


"The new policy will benefit airlines, travel agencies, shopping areas and, importantly, five-star hotels," Zhao said.

According to real estate service firm Jones Lang LaSalle, Shanghai tops other Chinese cities with the largest number of four and five-star hotels, and is set to add another 80 to 100 hotels in the next three years.

However, during the first nine months of this year, the average price of five-star hotel rooms in the city dropped by 8.54 per cent, while the price for an equivalent room in Beijing saw a 10.9 per cent jump, Zhao said.

"The new policy is definitely good news for us," said Tang Weiwei, communications manager of Shanghai Pudong Kerry Hotel. "We believe it will result in more guests."

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writer's alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of The Indian Express Group or its staff. Comments are automatically posted live; however, reserves the right to take it down at any time. We also reserve the right not to publish comments that are abusive, obscene, inflammatory, derogatory or defamatory.