02 May 2008

Visitors on Australian health holidays set to increase travel visa applications

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An increased number of tourists are set to travel to Australia for healthy holidays, leading to an increased number of Australian travel visa applications. A speaker a recent Australian tourism conference stated that elderly tourists in particular may flock to the country on health and medical holidays, for spa treatments and plastic surgery, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Bernard Salt, from business advisory firm KPMG, told the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) symposium that as baby boomers in the western world reach their 60s, 70s and 80s, they will increasingly be spending their money abroad.

He added that this move could be lucrative for the country, in addition to increasing applications for the Australian ETA visa. Mr Salt told the newspaper that figures had shown it is a wealthy market and that those over the age of 49 were looking to spend their money into retirement.

Matt Hingerty, the managing director of ATEC, said that previously the elderly population had been overlooked in favour of younger travellers. The importance of the younger sector's effect on Australian tourist market was recently noted, with industry insiders commenting that young travellers arriving on an Australian tourist visa have helped to shape the tourism industry in the country with their blog comments and reviews of attractions and destinations.

Are you travelling to Australia- If so, you'll require an Australian travel visa. To apply for your travel visa instantly, complete the Australian Visa Bureau's online ETA application.


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