08 September 2008

July a good month for Australian tourism

According to the latest report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of international visitors arriving in Australia during the month of July increased by 9 per cent on the same period last year. In total, there were 531,600 international visitor arrivals to Australia during July 2008, and 5.7 million arrivals for the year ending July 2008.

For the seven-month period to July this year, visitor numbers from China, Germany, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and India increased on the same period last year.  The biggest change of visitor numbers to Australia was in the Indian market, which saw an increase of 26 per cent on the same period last year to reach 69,900 people.

Other key markets, including New Zealand, UK, Japan and Korea, dropped their numbers of visitors in Australia.  Japan dealt the biggest blow to Australia with a 19 per cent drop in the number of tourists visiting Australia during the month of July in comparison to the same period last year.

International tourists to Australia need an Australia travel visa, except for New Zealand passport holders.  Visitors wishing to travel the country can apply for a short-stay tourist visa, or ETA, which is valid for three months.  The conditions of the visa mean that tourists cannot work at any time during their stay in Australia.

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people apply for an Australia visa.

Article by Jessica Bird, Australian Visa Bureau.

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