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Tourism Australia is expecting to close the year ending July 2016 with a 12% increase in visitors from India compared with the same period last year. Talking about this growth forecast, Nishant Kashikar, Country Manager, India & Gulf, Tourism Australia, said, “The year 2015 has been a momentous year for Tourism Australia, with significant milestones such as crossing the 200,000 arrivals landmark and achieving AUD 1 billion in visitor spends. The Tourism Forecasting Committee (TFC) is estimating 245,000 visitors from India for June 2015 to July 16, a 12% increase over 2014-15. India should also maintain its ranking amongst the top 10 inbound markets for Australia.”

Indian arrivals during January to March, 2016 declined by 2.6%, due to the reverse impact of the ICC Cricket World Cup that was co-hosted by Australia during February and March 2015. “It was estimated that up to 15,000 Indian tourists travelled to Australia for this event. Since the year 2015 was an exceptional year, arrivals during the first quarter of 2016, as compared to the first quarter of the year 2014 have increased by 38%” Kashikar said.

Additionally, the flagship trade event of Tourism Australia, India Travel Mission (ITM) is slated to be held in Chennai from August 18 to 21, 2016. “The event will provide a superb opportunity for representatives from the Australian tourism industry to establish business relationships with key qualified travel agencies and tour operators from India,” stated Kashikar.