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Australia eyes over 3 lakh tourists from India in 2017

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

is expecting to welcome over three lakh Indian tourists this year, mainly due to the online visitor visa applications facility, steady Australian dollar and various promotion activities.

In 2016, over 2.6 lakh Indian travellers visited Australia, according to data given by Tourism

"We are witnessing double digit growth in tourist arrivals from since last three financial years (July-June). This is the fourth consecutive financial year we saw a growth of 15.3 per cent by hosting 2.5 lakh Indians. If we continue at the same pace we will easily cross 3 lakh during calender year," Tourism Country Manager (and Gulf) Nishant Kashikar told PTI.

In 2015-16, 2.38 lakh Indians visited

He said, the growth in tourist traffic from will be driven by online the visitor visa applications facility launched this month, steady Australian dollar (AUD) and various promotion activities taken up by Tourism

"Besides, the growth in Indian diaspora in Australia, the economy doing well, the positive consumer sentiment and bullish market sentiment will also support the visitor growth from to We are also witnessing a lot of repeat visitors from India," he added.

Currently, is ranked as the ninth source market for Australia, he added.

New Zealand, China, the US, UK and Singapore are the top five source markets of

In terms of spending, is at eighth position with an average Rs 2.6 lakh per person (AUD 5,300).

The top five spenders in are China, the US, UK, New Zealand and Japan.

"If the current trend continuous, we expect to be among the top seven source market and top five spender by 2025," Kashikar said.

Tourism is mainly targeting high valued Indians over the age of 25 years from the six metro cities and Pune and Ahmedabad, he said.

"We are mainly promoting as a leisure destination ideal for family (with or without children) and honeymooners. We are also focusing on the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) segment," he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 18:28 IST