July 17, 2008 11:18 ET

CIBT, World's Largest Visa Expediter, Reports Americans' Love of Sports Not Dampened by Changeable China Travel Requirements

MCLEAN, VA--(Marketwire - July 17, 2008) - CIBT, Inc. (, the world's largest visa and passport expediter, reports that tourist travel to China demonstrates that Americans' love of sports, particularly the Olympics, is alive and well.

Steven Diehl, CIBT, Inc. Vice President, said, "Visa processing from year to year is up because of the Olympics, even though Chinese requirements have become more restrictive in recent months. Because we process so many visas and are very familiar with Chinese visa regulations, we have been able to ensure that travelers will get to the Olympic Games and not miss a minute of the action.

"Just as Olympic athletes keep their eyes on the prize of Olympic championships, fans of the Games have been waiting to cheer them on in person. CIBT continues to create customized plans for companies sending 50 or more people to China this summer. We are assisting athletes and coaches, corporate travelers, tour operators, VIPs, and some very large groups to accommodate the unique needs of each of our clients. And there is still time for CIBT to expedite visas for last-minute travelers," Mr. Diehl added.

Mr. Diehl cautioned Olympics-bound travelers that "going directly to the Chinese Embassy or consulates to obtain visas has proven frustrating for many individuals and groups who have been turned away due to the lack of proper support documentation often resulting in multiple return trips. Sending your application by mail is even riskier. Until recently, a Chinese visa was valid for one year and permitted multiple entries. Now, people need official invitations, flight and hotel confirmation, and in some cases bank statements and other documents to apply for a visa."

CIBT has developed special visa kits for international groups. The kits have become especially valuable for companies trying to coordinate travel for global employees and customers departing for the Olympics from various countries. CIBT is the only visa expediter with worldwide offices.

About CIBT, Inc.

CIBT, Inc. and its subsidiaries provide comprehensive visa and passport requirements and support as well as other international document processing on behalf of travel management companies, corporations, government agencies, tour operators, cruise lines, airlines, and international relief organizations. The Company's broad coverage across the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia enables it to provide prompt, secure travel document processing. CIBT invests in technology and customer service to reduce the time and cost associated with obtaining visas and passports from the issuing authority.

CIBT has offices throughout the United States, in strategic cities with large consular representation and also provides travel document expediting services in Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, and Australia. For more information about CIBT, please visit CIBT is a registered trademark of CIBT, Incorporated.

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