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Australia expecting 10,000 tourists from India in 2018 Commonwealth Games

Games to be held in April, next year

Aneesh Phadnis  |  Mumbai: 

John O'Sullivan, Tourism Australia
John O'Sullivan, managing director of Tourism Australia.

hopes to receive around 10,000 visitors from for the next year’s Commonwealth in Gold Coast, as it looks to co-promote sports and lesser known destinations in the Indian market.

Around 260,000 Indians visited last year and arrivals grew 11 per cent. Over 40 per cent of Indians to meet friends and relatives and destinations are limited to Melbourne and Sydney.  is taking steps to attract more high spending leisure and business visitors from to the country. Arrivals from are growing in double digits for last four years.

“We are hoping for around 10,000 visitors from at the Commonwealth That is our aspiration,” said John O’Sullivan, managing director of   The will be held next April. This would be second big sporting event attracting Indians after the cricket World Cup in 2015, which attracted over 15,000 Indians.

is the government agency responsible for attracting international visitors to the country, both for leisure and business events. 

O'Sullivan said more than 27 per cent of Indians visit for holidays. “We have seen an increase in leisure travellers over the past few years.” Other growth drivers are meeting and incentive tours.

Also is focused on promoting new destinations in the country and hopes that the Commonwealth will lead to more Indians visiting the Great Barrier Reef and tropical Queensland. “More than 57,000 Indian travellers visited Queensland in the year ended March 2017 and we know many more will come to our state next year for the Commonwealth Games,” said Leanne Coddington, CEO,  & Events, Queensland.

The body is also pushing for more direct flights between and Australia, as it expects to be among top source market by 2025. Currently there are seven weekly  Air flights from Delhi to Sydney and Melbourne. In contrast there are flights from 17 cities in China to seven destinations in

“We are talking to all carriers for direct service between and During our last visit we met officials of Air and Jet Airways. We would like to see Air increase flights to and also from more places like Mumbai,” O'Sullivan added.

First Published: Tue, August 22 2017. 01:11 IST