Cham­ber visa calls

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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).

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