Red tape cuts for Chinese tourists urged | The Insight Files |

China is the second biggest source of tourists to Australia, but red tape on visa applications needs to be reduced, the Productivity Commission says. Globally, the Chinese are the fastest growing international tourism market and other countries such as the UK, Thailand and India are gaining an edge by relaxing visa arrangements. The UK and US have also ramped up destination marketing efforts to China. The Commission warned that Australia should not let itself be left behind. Australia's visa application process for the Chinese needs to be simplified, with online lodgement offered. The immigration department aims to make online visa applications available to all visitors from all countries by the end of the year. The Commission also said tourist operators need to be more digitally savvy in cater to cater for travellers' increasing appetites for online booking and research. Click here to learn more.