Chinese visits made easier

12 Apr 2015 10:12 AMJann Stuckey

Shadow Minister for Tourism Jann Stuckey congratulated Federal Minister for Tourism, Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb for his vigorous support to improve visa processes for potential Chinese visitors.


“Minister Robb’s announcement on Friday evening in Adelaide at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards to extend the online visa pilot to three year, multiple entry visas to approved applicants was warmly welcomed by operators from across the country,” Ms Stuckey said.


“Existing twelve month visas were considered a limiting factor towards attracting the massive Chinese traveller market and this latest initiative will increase the appeal of Queensland as a favoured destination for Chinese travellers.


“The topic of Australia’s visa process was discussed regularly at the bi-annual Tourism Minister’s meetings which I attended for almost three years and I am pleased to have been an active participant in those discussions that have resulted in this development.


“Minister Robb and the Coalition government have demonstrated their commitment to growing tourism from our Asian neighbours, and in particular the Chinese market through a raft of measures including freezing the Passenger Movement Charge, a tax on tourism and hospitality that increased 45 per cent under the Labor government.


“The Chinese tourism market potential is enormous and positive steps such as those taken by Minister Robb are to be commended.”


Ends [12 April 2015]