Visa change to open door
NEW legislation approved by Federal Parliament will make it quicker and easier for Chinese nationals to come to Australia for leisure and for business.
Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the announcement that the Liberal National Government made last year in the Northern Australia White Paper was for an initial trial of the 10-year visa in a pilot program for Chinese nationals, who were seen as the emerging group of travellers seeking easier and more frequent access into Northern Australia.
“Under the auspices of this Bill, the trial will commence in December 2017.
Figures provided by Tourism Research Australia in 2015 indicate that around 90 per cent of visitors to Northern Australia are domestic tourists. The recent introduction of direct flights into Northern Australia from a number of Asian cities has, however, created opportunities for expansion of international tourist numbers into the north.
“The Chinese middle class is expanding and is highly motranslates bile and willing to travel.
Senator Macdonald said that it will not just be Northern tourism, but also the national tourism sector, valued at around $120 billion a year, that will benefit from the provisions of the Bill. Making it easier for people travel into the country to to more hotel nights, more local tours, more dinners in restaurants and more money being spent in the shops.
“The provisions of this bill are a boon for Northern Australia, for the national economy, and for our regional positioning as a trading partner to emerging Asian economies,” said Senator Macdonald.
The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee, chaired by Senator Macdonald today tabled its report into the Migration Amendment (Visa Revalidation and Other Measures) Bill 2016.
The report, which recommends that the Bill be passed, acknowledges the economic benefits that will be delivered through the introduction of the Bill’s provisions.
“One of the three key provisions in the Bill is the introduction of a ten-year visa – a visa that remains in force over a decade allowing for repeat visits to Australia without having to re-apply to the Department of Immigrations and Border Protection.
Chinese tourists at Wangetti.