Visitors from India to Australia cross 3 lakh mark

Visitor arrivals from India to Australia have crossed the 3 lakh mark for the year ended December 2017, three years ahead of its target date, Tourism Australia said.

This is an increase of 15.4 per cent over the previous year, the government agency said in a statement.

“India emerged as the fastest growing inbound market for Australia during 2017, with arrivals and spend increasing by 15.2 per cent and 26 per cent respectively,” Tourism Australia India and Gulf Country Manager Nishant Kashikar told.

It was the fourth consecutive year of double-digit growth in arrivals and spend from Indian arrivals, he added.

“Australia is home to some of the world’s best tourism experiences and has been growing in appeal as an aspirational destination for Indian travellers,” Kashikar said.

Sustained marketing and PR activities over the years have increased Australia’s awareness and attractiveness among Indians travellers, he added.