Chamber visa calls
THE Australian Chamber of Tourism is urging the Federal Government to reduce visa application costs for working holidays to continue to grow the national tourism market.
Australian Chamber-Tourism Executive Chair John Hart said the nation’s price competitiveness ranking of 130th of 140 countries needed to be improved upon.
“Education and holiday were the primary reasons for international visitation to Australia,” he said.
“Conducive policy settings such as reduced visa costs, tickets and taxes will boost visitation numbers further, especially in the youth [and working] market.”
The International and National Visitor Survey for the prior fiscal year found international visitors to Australia reached 8.6 million with a spend of $44.6 billion (TD yesterday).