BEIJING - Pakistan's Ambassador to China Masood Khalid Thursday said last year, 55,000 Chinese businessmen and workers were issued visas by the Pakistan Embassy in Beijing and its four consulates. He said the new visa regime an important initiative, which would attract more tourists and businessmen from across the globe and help overcome challenges to the economy. "The primary objective of the visa-free policy is to facilitate the people who intend to visit Pakistan," he said after the inauguration of the new visa system by Prime Minister Imran Khan for five countries, including China , Turkey, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates. The inauguration ceremony was shown live via video-conference. Terming it a very good step in the right direction, he observed that as the prime minister said the new visa regime would promote our business, tourism, and economy. Ambassador Khalid said during the last six months, the government had taken a number of steps to encourage investment and tourism in the country. "It is a vision and the government is working on it." He endorsed the prime minister's remarks that Pakistan had a great potential for the tourism as it had beautiful landscape, historical and religious places. He expressed the confidence that the number of Chinese tourists would further grow in months to come. He pointed out that the increasing number of tourists from China was manifestation of the fact that the relations between Pakistan and China were growing at a fast pace and the Chinese people had an ample interest to explore Pakistani markets and its tourist destinations. The ambassador also commended the services of visa section of the embassy for facilitating the Chinese businessmen and workers particularly after the launch of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects. He also directed the embassy staff to further improve their behaviour and leave a good impression during public dealings.