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AUSTRALIA WELCOMES 17,000 INDIANS IN JUNE 2014

Australia recorded 17,000 visitors from India during June 2014, bringing the total for the six months to June to 99,500, an increase of 19.3 per cent relative to the same period previous year. The total arrivals for the year ended (YE) June 2014 were 184,720, an increase of 15 per cent relative to the same period previous year.

These numbers have once again made India the 10th largest inbound market for arrivals as at YE June 2014. During the period, a high proportion of Indian visitors visited Australia for leisure (123,130). Other visitors visited for business (24,480), education (11,360) and other purposes (25,750).  Leisure visitors are on holiday (43,480) or visiting friends and relatives (79,650).

The Tourism Forecasting Committee (TFC) is forecasting 190,000 visitors from India for 2014-15, a 6.4 per cent increase over 2013-14. There were 164,000 actual arrivals in 2012-13, 7.5 per cent increase over 2011-12. Arrivals from India are expected to perform well with an average annual financial year growth rate of 7.2 per cent through to the financial year 2021-22.

For 12 months ending June 2014, Indian visitors contributed A$ 752 million to Australia’s total expenditure. India is the 12th largest source market in terms of expenditure. Average expenditure for Indian visitors was A$ 4,349. Indian visitors spent a total of 9.4 million nights in Australia. The average length of stay for all visitors from India was 55 nights, with Indian leisure visitors staying an average of 47 nights.

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