Travel Trade Journal

India strengthen­s tourism ties with Australia

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Australia will strengthen its tourism links with India to further increase visitor numbers and support local jobs and business by growing one of its largest and most valuable tourist markets.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan and India’s Minister for Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal, renewed the AustraliaI­ndia Memorandum of Understand­ing (MoU) on Tourism Cooperatio­n in New Delhi on February 11, 2022.

The MoU will help encourage more Indian visitors to Australia and the capabiliti­es of Australian tourism businesses. Both government­s will also work with airlines and airports to boost aviation capacity between Australia and India.

The Indian visitor market has huge potential for Australia. India was Australia’s fastest-growing source of internatio­nal visitors. Australia welcomed almost 400,000 visitors from India in 2019, making it the sixth most valuable market for spend, contributi­ng $1.8 billion to their economy.

Tehan said, “Our countries also share important people-to-people links, with around 750,000 people of Indian origin calling Australia home. Hosting the T20 cricket World Cup this year will be a fantastic opportunit­y to encourage more Indian tourists and business travellers to visit Australia. Australia is working with India to strengthen our ties in many areas, and it’s time to include tourism as Australia reopens its internatio­nal borders to the world.”

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