TWO local tourist spots have been benefitting from a return of Chinese visitors in recent weeks.

Chinese groups and coach organisers are returning to Shropshire in strength, with the latest group of Chinese visitors travelling through the county with the Wirral Chinese Association (WCA).

After a day spent at the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, the group then travelled on to the aqueduct at Chirk for a boat ride.

Group visits and coach touring operators have generally been badly hit by the pandemic, with large quantities of groups cancelling visits.

The WCA is made up of Chinese people who are currently residents and citizens of the UK, particularly around the North West specifically Liverpool and Wirral.

A spokesman from the British Ironwork Centre said: "This trip was in the planning for some time and only now has been made possible following the very successful vaccinations programmes.

"We are thrilled that groups are returning, and we are even more grateful to see that the amount of future coach and tour enquiries coming through is increasing day by day.

"Now that the Centre has a resident member of staff from Shanghai the visit went smoothly, and the group really enjoyed being greeted in fluent mandarin."

"A representative from the coach company, Carvers Coaches, said that the facility of a resident Chinese speaker was a great benefit to the trips, and they would be bringing more groups to the Centre soon."

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