Tourism could be Australia’s golden ticket | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Tourism can be Australia's fastest growing sector of this decade, but needs "vision, courage and a huge injection of capital", according to Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb. Key priorities to achieve goals are in aviation, visas and infrastructure. While the government earlier this year announced a tripling of air capacity over two years between Australia and China, it will also hold aviation talks with Qatar, Malaysia and Indonesia to possibly increase capacity. A competitive visa system, including multiple-entry visas for Chinese visitors is essential, with trials for online visa lodgement in China and India to go underway by the end of 2015. Robb has also stated that an additional 20,000 new rooms, or equivalent to 16 new hotels per year until 2020 are required to meet growing demand. "Last year, 100 million Chinese went on an international holiday. By 2020, this is set to double to some 200 million. So the opportunities are immense but they will not fall into our laps," Robb said.