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Australia trials simplified visa application for Chinese
Chinese travellers will be able to apply for Australian visas through online applications written in Mandarin

18 Apr 2016

Australia's Minister of Tourism has announced simpler visitor visa rules for Chinese citizens entering Australia.
 
A new trial of online visa applications written in Mandarin was announced at the Business Events Australia Greater China showcase, which took place in Shanghai from 13-15 April.

This is the first time that applications have been made available in a language other than English. The online forms will be accompanied by 10-year multiple entry visas for Chinese nationals, announced last year.

This announcement comes off the back of Australia's Minister of Tourism Richard Colbeck’s (pictured above) participation at Business Events Australia’s Greater China Showcase, 13-15 April, as part of Australia Week in China.

Andrew Hiebl, CEO of the Australian Association of Convention Bureaux, said: “The news that visas will be easier to obtain for Chinese delegates is very welcome. However, we still urge government to consider allowing high-spend delegates from China the same $20 electronic travel authorisation we extend to those from Hong Kong and Malaysia.”
 
The showcase featured 30 Australian companies, including 10 convention bureaux, promoting conference and incentive travel to Australia. Sellers met with over 100 Chinese corporate buyers, business events agents and media during the three-day programme.

“These events in China show the federal government’s commitment to attracting business events to Australia and a recognition of the importance of the sector to the Australian economy,” said Hiebl.
 
“International delegates are as good as it gets for Australian tourism. They spend, on average, 21% more than other international visitors over the course of their trip – and 77 per cent more per day. They are exactly the kind of international tourists we need to be encouraging.
 
“The growth prospects for China are greater than any other market, especially now with the momentum of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. A focus on business events will only strengthen ties between the two countries, as they provide platforms for sharing knowledge, collaboration, networks and trade,” he added.
 
While most sellers will be focusing on the corporate incentives sector (reward travel) out of China, there is enormous scope to attract Chinese delegates to conventions and exhibitions hosted in Australia.
 
The AACB has just released a calendar of 296 international business events confirmed for Australia through to 2024.


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