Issue: May - June 2017
From the desk of Sandip Hor, Chairman, AITTC
Sandip Hor

The highlight of the period was my attendance at Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE 17) event in Sydney from 18-25 May at the revamped International Convention Centre at Darling Harbor. Its Tourism Australia’s biggest annual showbiz which was attended by more than 2,500 delegates, including 800 travel wholesalers and retailers (buyers) from 548 companies [..]
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Australia's Tourism Sector in Federal Budget
AUSTRALIA’s $100 billion tourism industry was hard hit in the recent Federal Budget with an increase in the cost of visiting the country and a cut to the funding of the national marketing authority. Tourism Australia received a $14 million blow to its budget, which fell from $143 million to $129 million, and the government flagged an extra $410 million in revenue [..]
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Indian Visitor Arrivals to Australia
Arrivals from India to Australia for the year ended March 2017 increased by 15.4 per cent, to 267,500 visitors. For YE March 2017, Indian visitors spent A$ 1.34 billion on their Australian trip, an increase of 18 per cent over the previous year.Average per capita spend for Indian visi-tors was A$ 5,316.Indian visitors spent 14.9 million nights in Australia, [..]
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Great Australian Airfare Sale
Tourism Australia, in partnership with eight airlines, unveiled in May the version 2.0 of the Great Australian Airfare Sale. The mega sale offered customers the chance to fly to Australia at an attractive, return economy-class airfares starting from just Rs. 22,000 with Scoot Air-lines.! The offers ran from May 22 – June 11 2017, [..]
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Online Visitor visa applications for Indian nationals
The Australian High Commission and Australian Department of Immigration and Border Pro-tection are pleased to announce that all Indian nationals will be able to lodge Visitor visa applications for Australia online from 1 July 2017. The Acting Australian High Commissioner to India, Mr Chris Elstoft, said eligible Indian na-tionals can now apply [..]
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Australia leaves lasting impression on the global culinary scene
The latest phase of the Restaurant Australia campaign – Tourism Australia’s recent hosting of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards – is already delivering results for tourism, leaving a lasting impression on the 250 international chefs and media who attended the official event program and enjoyed exceptional food and wine experiences across the country [..]
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Tourism Australia wraps-up ATE17 in Sydney
Tourism Australia’s 38th annual business-to-business event for building future tourism oppor-tunities for Australia - the 2017 Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE17) was held in Sydney in May bringing together more than 2,500 travel industry delegates from more than 30 countries, making it the biggest ATE event in nearly a decade. There was a strong representation from [..]
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Vivid Sydney
After a record-breaking 23 nights, the lights have finally gone out on Vivid Sydney 2017, which was a great festival of light, music and ideas. It featured many of the world's most im-portant creative industry forums, a mesmerising free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures and installations and a cutting-edge contemporary music program. To many it was where art, technology and commerce intersect [..]
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Sydney Film Festival linking Australia with India
The Sydney Film Festival is an absolutely essential part of the city’s festival calendar. Now in its 64th year, the festival present hundreds of international films to show the world from a dif-ferent angle. The films showbiz different culture , social scenarios and natural beauties which in combination acts like a cliché to inspire tourism to those destination from where the film has come [..]
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Tasmania’s largest new-build hotel announced as ibis Styles
Hobart is set to welcome its largest hotel soon following the signing of an agreement between AccorHotels and Singapore developer, Fragrance Group who will open a new-build hotel un-der the internationally-renowned ibis Styles brand. The $50million new-build ibis Styles Hobart, located in a prime position on Macquarie Street within close proximity to major tourism attractions[..]
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IATA 2018 AGM for Sydney
THE International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced Qantas and Australia will host the 2018 World Air Transport Summit on 03-05 Jun 2018. Many of the industry's top air transport leaders will converge on Darling Harbour for the event to be staged at ICC Sydney. IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac said Sydney was an excellent choice to become the [..]
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AccorHotels announces exclusive partnership
AccorHotels is pleased to announce a thrilling partnership with TEG and TORUK The First Flight by Cirque du Soleil which will be touring Australia and New Zealand for the first time from 1 September 2017 and performing close to 100 shows. As the Official Accommodation Partner for Cirque du Soleil’s Australia and New Zealand tour, Le Club AccorHotels and Accor Plus [..]
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Making it easier to travel to and from Sydney Airport
Sydney Airport’s five-year plan to improve the transport network in and around the airport is one year ahead of schedule. The works will smooth traffic flows and ease congestion – making it easier to travel to and from Sydney Airport by car, taxi, active or public transport. New road entry to the T1 International terminal is complete, and now working on additional improvements, including: [..]
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Outgoing passenger departure cards axed from 1 July
Australian Business Traveller reports that the green coloured Outgoing Passenger Cards are finally being binned for good, with international travellers no longer required to fill out the green forms from July 1, 2017.A spokesperson for the Federal Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection said “removing paper-based manual processes is integral [..]
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New Air India destinations in Europe
Air India will be commencing operations from Delhi to Stockholm and Copenhagen with ef-fect from 16th August and 16th September, 2017 respectively. Free accommodation at Delhi Airport transit hotel will be provided on the outbound journey to passengers originating their travel from Australia and connecting to Stockholm/Copenhagen, provided [..]
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International Day of Yoga
Indian Cultural Centre at the Consulate General of India, Sydney conducted a series of Yoga promotion activities like workshops, lecture demonstration, seminars and discussions etc. as part of International Day of Yoga, 2017 celebrations. Three Yoga workshops / talks were hosted at the Indian Cultural Centre wherein topics related to body types, balanced diet for different body types, breathing techniques, mediation sessions etc. [..]
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International visitor arrivals to India
International visitor arrivals to India increased strongly in May 2017, driven by the rising pop-ularity of the country’s e-tourist visa scheme. According to data from India’s Ministry of Tour-ism, the country welcomed a total of 630,000 overseas arrivals last month, up 19.5% year-on-year. The number of visitors arriving in India on e-tourist visas also rose sharply in May, up 55.3% year-on-year to a total of 68,000 [..]
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Underwater Metro in Kolkata
Kolkata’s metro network is being extended under the Hooghly River, making it the first “un-derwater” metro line in India.The Times of India reports that the new line will link the Howrah area of the city, which lies on the west side of the river, with Sealdah railway station on the east side.“It will be connecting two main terminals, Howrah and Sealdah [..]
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For information please contact
Sandip Hor – sandip.hor@aittc.net.au
* News items has been sourced from various media releases






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