2013 visitor visa statistics now available for tourists

Australia is performing solidly in the global tourism scale, based on the new statistics gathered by the country’s Immigration department. In the 2013 financial year, there is a 12% spike on the rate of Australian visitor visa holders, equivalent to over 247,000 international tourists. At such rate, tourism and economic experts believe that Australia’s travel industry will continue to grow in the coming years. Several implications were noted regarding this latest visitor visa statistics update.

DIAC releases visitor visa statistics for 2013

Major increase in the number of Asian tourists

Asian countries are the forerunners based from this visa update. Australian Immigration has recorded up to a 19% increase in visa applications from China alone, which was equivalent to over 300,000 visa applications. Malaysian applications spiked by 14%, while those from Singapore increased by 29%.

The country’s natural beauty and improving visa regulations for tourists are two reasons why it is frequented by Asian tourists. Australia is filled with beautiful and relaxing beaches, and the low population density per square kilometre helps keep pollution to a minimum.

Visa simplification

To make the process of visitor visa application easier, the Australian government has committed to a visa simplification directive. With this, the visa acquisition process has become shorter and currently requires less amount of paperwork—factors that are favourable for all foreign visitors. Also, the Immigration Department has reduced the number of visitor visa subclasses to five.

The overall simplification of visa categories and subclasses has also contributed to more applications from foreigners. The Immigration Department is also set to standardise all visitor visa requirements so foreigners can handle their paperwork more easily.

Upcoming enhancements

Realising the potential for faster tourism growth, the Australian government will introduce more enhancements in the coming years. These enhancements are particularly focused on online visa applications that are more convenient to applicants. The government is also expanding its list of countries that are eligible for online visa applications.

Visitor visa application with National Visas

National Visas is one of the top Australian migration companies that are regularly updated about immigration law and departmental directives. The company helps visitor visa applicants go through the long and tedious application process legally and securely. With its expert agents willing to provide advice and information, foreign visitors to Australia are not only well informed but are also prevented from committing unintentional fraud and mistakes.

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