Indian visitor spend Down Under slumps

Indian visitor spend Down Under slumps

Even as the number of Indians visiting Australia increased 7.4 per cent to 1.59 lakh for the year ended January 31, 2013, as compared to 1.48 lakh in 2011-12, the average spend per tourist declined, according to a Tourism Australia official in India.

The Country Manager-India for Tourism Australia, Nishant Kashikar, said, “The average spend was A$5,250 in 2012-13, as against A$6,200 in 2011-12. It was because majority of spends in 2011-12 were from the student segment, which decreased the next year.”
Australia received about 6.1 million tourists in 2012-13. The country had estimated tourism revenues to be A$28 billion.

India was the 10th largest inbound market for Australia in 2012-13, with revenues of A$758 million, according to Kashikar. He spoke on the sidelines of a joint promotional campaign with Malaysia Airlines for Indians travelling from New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai to Australia between April 5 and September 30 this year.

The Australian government is aiming to attract about 1.75 lakh Indian visitors in 2013-14 and 3 lakh by 2020.

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