Australia crosses 3 lakh visitor arrivals from India in 2017
Kathryn Kannampuzha | Mumbai
As per the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 302,200 Indians visited Australia in 2017, an increase of 15.4% over the previous year. Tourism Australia had set a target of 300,000 Indian arrivals by 2020 which has already been achieved three years ahead of the defined target date.
India is currently the eighth largest source market for Australia and by 2025 will be among the top five markets, confirmed Nishant Kashikar, Country Manager-India and Gulf, Tourism Australia. “India is the fastest growing market for the largest arrivals into Australia across all the Australia products that we have presence globally.”
Last year, Indians contributed an amount of around AUD 1.45 billion against the 2020 set target of AUD 1.9 billion. On an average, an Indian traveller spends about AUD 5,343 and stays for approximately two weeks.
Talking about connectivity from India to Australia, Kashikar highlighted, “Air India is looking at increasing frequency out of India from Delhi. Air India used to fly seven flights a week and is now considering 10 flights weekly. We are in talks with Air India and Jet Airways for enhancing the direct connectivity from India.”
The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection extended online lodgment of visitor visa applications to all Indian nationals during mid-2017. This online application process provides a more convenient option for Indian visitors travelling to Australia and is our biggest USP currently, averred Kashikar.