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Published on : Thursday, June 25, 2015
Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, and the minister responsible for tourism Andrew Robb, welcomed figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing for the year ending March 2015, international arrivals increased eight per cent to reach seven million arrivals for the first time.
Growth was driven by strong increases in leisure visitors in the March quarter 2015, spurred by the ICC Cricket World Cup and the Chinese New Year. Significant contributors to growth this quarter included India (up 42 percent), China (up 19.3 per cent) and the United Kingdom (up 8.4 per cent).
Australian government initiatives supporting tourism growth during this period included the trialling of a joint visa for international visitors to Australia and New Zealand during the Cricket World Cup, and a recently concluded air services deal that doubled air capacity between Australia and China in time for Chinese New Year.
“This result confirms that tourism is one of Australia’s great strengths and is a major vote of confidence in a sector that can be Australia’s fastest growing this decade,” Mr Robb said.
“The Government continues to support the tourism industry including a renewed focus on visa reform, investment attraction and support for international marketing. Recent measures to support the tourism sector announced in the Northern Australia White Paper will ensure the industry can build on this momentum towards 2020,” Mr Robb said.