Australia has decided to offer a ten-year multiple entry visa to Chinese visitors in an effort to boost tourism.
Ms Osmond CEO of the tourism and transport forum (TTF) said the change, announced by the Federal Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb today, will help growth in the tourism industry and make Australia more competitive internationally.
“TTF has been leading the campaign for visa reform on behalf of the tourism industry and we wholeheartedly welcome today’s announcement,” said Osmond. “China is one of our fastest-growing and largest visitor markets and this new visa will make it even easier for Chinese to visit Australia and support our tourism industry.”
The new visa laws bring Australia in line with what is happening in other countries. The United States began to offer Chinese tourists a 10-year multiple entry visa last November, whilst Canada followed in March and Singapore in May.
“The new visa arrangements announced today will make Australia more competitive internationally, with countries including the USA and Singapore already offering 10-year multiple entry visas for Chinese nationals,” said Osmond.