Online gamers in China can now tour Britain virtually on two new tracks, exploring ‘British Castles’ themed around Windsor Castle and ‘North Sea Fishery’ which is based on Britain’s seaside villages. 

VisitBritain has collaborated with leading China-based internet technology and cultural enterprise Tencent on a new 3D racing game ‘QQ Speed’ to inspire more Chinese visitors to book a trip to Britain. 

QQ Speed’s main virtual character ‘Little Mandarin’ Xiao Juzi has also been appointed as a VisitBritain goodwill ambassador for the Chinese market. 

VisitBritain Director Patricia Yates said, “China is the world’s most valuable outbound market and we want Britain to be the destination of choice for Chinese travellers.

“Our collaboration with Tencent’s QQ Speed is a great opportunity to tap into a new audience of millions in China, inspiring visitors to book a trip right now to explore more of our nations and regions.”

Tencent Interactive Entertainment Group Marketing Director Xinglun Liu said, “The collaboration with VisitBritain and QQ Speed is an affirmation of its influence among young adults. As the most popular racing game both on PC and mobile in China, we hope to help more people understand and learn about different cultures through gaming.”

The UK saw record visits from China in the first half of 2018 with 137,000 visits, up 19% on the same period last year.

Visitors from China are some of the UK’s highest spenders, last year spending on average £2,059 during their visit, more than three times the all-market average. Last year saw China enter the UK’s top 10 most valuable inbound visitor markets. For every 22 visits from China, one job is created in Britain’s tourism industry.

VisitBritain has ambitions to increase spend from Chinese visitors to £1 billion annually by 2020.