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India Ranks as 5th Largest Tourist Source for Australia, with 845 Arrivals Daily

According to a Tourism Australia data released on Tuesday, around 26,200 Indian visitors visited Australia in January of this year, a more than 6% rise over the previous year.

Additionally, India’s standing has increased dramatically from seventh in 2019 to fifth in 2024 as the largest incoming market for Tourism Australia.

“In January we did extremely well with 26,200 Indians travelling to Australia, compared to 24,700 during the same month in 2019, a growth of 6.07 per cent.

“If we calculate from February 2023 till January 2024, the total number of Indians visiting Australia has crossed the 4,00,000 arrivals milestone to reach 4,02,200,” Tourism Australia Country Manager – India and Gulf – Nishant Kashikar told PTI.

According to him, the primary cause of this increase in foot traffic is Tourism Australia’s collaborative efforts with its airlines, important distribution partners, and more than 5,000 Aussie Specialist Agents in India to encourage contemplation and conversions.

“The number of airlines connecting New Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai has gone up to 28 flights per week from 8 flights in 2019,” stated Kashikar.

According to him, the ease and convenience of the electronic visa application procedure has contributed to an increase in the number of Indian visitors to Australia.

Furthermore, since the Covid-19 pandemic, Indians’ travel habits have drastically changed due to a generational shift in which the average age of travelers is decreasing, a more indulgent mindset, and a desire to see festivals, athletic events, concerts, and other events around the world, according to Kashikar.

“This resurgence of Indian tourists to Australia is a testament to the resilience and rebound of international travel, particularly from one of our most valued markets.

“This is a clear indicator of the strong desire for travel and exploration among the Indian travellers, who are drawn to Australia’s unique landscapes, wildlife, and the multicultural vibrancy of our cities. Going forward in 2024, we expect the same momentum to continue from India,” he added.

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(Source: Firstpost)

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