18 March 2008
New figures show record levels for Australian tourism
A recent report reveals that 2007 was a record year for international tourism to Australia, with 5.6 million travellers coming to visit the country. The success is a testament to the enduring appeal of Australia and the efficiency of the Australian tourist visa scheme.
The official figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that international tourist arrivals to Australia increased by two per cent in 2007, reaching 5.6 million visitors. Australia's status as one of the world's most popular destinations was further cemented by the World Economic Forum's Travel & Tourism Report, where the country was voted in the top four out of 130 countries in the category of most competitive destinations in the world.
Australia's warm sunny climate, astonishing natural surroundings and easy-going lifestyle are all aspects that have fed to its popularity amongst travellers worldwide, and this tourism demand has been well served by the streamlined Australian travel visa service. The Australian ETA visa currently stands as the most efficient method to gain access to the country, granting eligible citizens immediate access to an Australian travel visa.
A completely automated and often instant system, the Australian ETA (or Electronic Travel Authority) electronically assigns the visa to a traveller's passport, allowing from the Australian ETA visa eligible countries to gain fast, easy access to a 3 month Australian travel visa.
Are you travelling to Australia? If so, you'll require an Australian travel visa. Use our Australian travel visa advisor to find out which visas you're eligible for and for further information, or complete the Australian Visa Bureau's instant Australian ETA visa application.