Published on : Wednesday, September 11, 2019
At present, India is the most sought after tourism market for Australia. The Australian government’s global tourist promotion arm, Tourism Australia, hopes the number of Indian visitations will reach half-a-million by 2020 and cross one million by 2025 from around 372,000 during the year ended March 2019.
Nishant Kashikar, country manager, India and Gulf, Tourism Australia said India was the fastest growing inbound market for Tourism Australia with five consecutive years of double-digit growth.
“In the last five years, there has been a 16 per cent CAGR growth in Indian tourist inflows while the spending by them has gone up by 18 per cent during the period,” he said.
A large number of Indians were already in Australia — a huge Indian diaspora of 750,000 people in addition to 90,000 students and a large base of Indian tech workers, he said.
As the host nation of the ICC T20 World Cup for Women and Men in 2020, Australia is anticipating to sustain its growth trajectory in tourism.
Mr. Kashikar further said, “We expect an additional, up to 40,000 Indian visitors to Australia in connection with these two sports events. We want to make the ICC T20 World Cup for Women a very big event as part of our focus on popularising women sports.
“We are working with ICC and travel partners to make these events a huge success.”
Commenting on the emerging travel trends in India, he said, “We see interesting trends emerging around tour and travel in India. For instance, the age of first time international travellers from India has been dropping from 55 to 25 and now, five years. A few generations ago, travelling overseas was a senior thing, it became a young thing and now a large number of small kids are part of the global travel from India.”
New Zealand, the U.S., U.K., Japan, Singapore and Malaysia are the key tourism markets of Australia. India currently is in the sixth position in terms of tourists spend and on an average each Indian tourist spends around A$ 5000 per visit.