14 January 2010

Prince’s visit to boost Australian tourists

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Prince William’s visit to Sydney next week could provide valuable publicity and promote Australia in the lucrative UK tourism market, the New South Wales Government says.

The UK makes up a large section of the number of Australian tourists every year, and the state government believes that international media coverage of Prince William’s visit will bring Sydney in the forefront of potential tourists mind as an ideal destination, particularly as Australia is currently experiencing the summer.

All overseas visitors to Australia, except Australian or New Zealand passport holders, must have an Australian Travel Visa. The most popular of these visas is the ETA Visa, which allows the holder to enter Australia for tourism purposes for up to three months.  

The Prince will attend a barbecue for young people hosted by Kristina Keneally and visit Australian troops during his informal two day visit to the city next week, before flying to Melbourne for one day.

Tourism Minister, Jodi McKay, says Prince William's visit will show off Sydney to the world.

"So he's got two days in Sydney before spending one day in Melbourne. But I think it's a great credit to the city that he's chosen Sydney as the place that he wants to be during his visit in Australia."

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