15 July 2008

Christian event in Australia set to create £231m for Sydney

Sydney is set to get a AUD$231 million (£113 million) boost from Australian travel visa holders entering the country for World Youth Day. The annual Christian event which is being held in Australia this year will be a "welcome boost" for the city, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Kevin MacDonald, the chief executive officer of the New South Wales Business Chamber, told the newspaper all traders are "optimistic" about good business from the Australian travel visa holders in the week-long event. "Given that July is historically the worst month for tourists in Sydney, this is a welcome boost," he said, describing it as "just what the doctor ordered".

It is estimated each visitor will generate over AUD$1,100 for the city’s economy, which does not include the potential value of return trips, the media coverage and those who stay on an extended 90-day Australian travel visa. The event has already caused 36 extra flights to be scheduled, with organisers expecting 125,000 attendees.

An ETA visa is required for all short-term visitors travelling to Australia. Visa Bureau’s automated application process means that in most cases, they can be granted in seconds.

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