Maharashtra leads as the top tourist destination in Australia


Maharashtra has emerged as the leading source market for Australia with over 59,000 tourists from the state visiting the land of kangaroos in June 2017.

“Maharashtra ranks as the leading source market for Australia. For June 2017, over 59,000 tourists from Maharashtra visited Australia spending AUD 310 million in Australia,” according to Tourism Australia. Maharashtra contributed to a growth of 18% in tourist footfalls for the year ended June 2017.

As many as 277,100 Indian tourists visited Australia in 2016-17, a growth of nearly 15 % over the last year, and making the country the ninth largest inbound market.

Along with Maharashtra, Delhi, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and West Bengal secured the place as the top source market from India

“Over the years, we have undertaken several focused campaigns as part of our consumer outreach efforts. Our collaboration with television over the past two years has definitely helped us to not only build awareness but also drive visitation from our number one state (Maharashtra),” said Tourism Australia Country Manager, India and Gulf, Nishant Kashikar.

He said Tourism Australia has also worked closely with key specialist agents and airline partners to present attractive offers to travellers to choose Australia as their next holiday destination.

“Visitors from Maharashtra were looking forward to a range of experiences, including aquatic and coastal (beaches), self-drive, nature, wildlife and adventure on their Australian sojourn. With a growing penchant for travel, we expect growth from our top metro cities to continue over the years to follow,” he added.