India-Australia direct flights a step closer

The announcement today of a strategic partnership between Sydney and Delhi Airport is a positive step for an Australian tourism industry eager to capitalise on growth in the India travel market.
The Minister for Tourism, the Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP, said India is an important and growing market for Australia with over 148,000 visitors from India last year, an increase of nine per cent on 2010.
“The UN World Tourism Organisation predicts that by 2020, 50 million Indians a year will be travelling overseas and the Australian Government and tourism industry are determined to entice them to Australia,” said Minister Ferguson.
“Indeed the Tourism Forecasting Committee estimates that even 300,000 annual visitors from India could be worth as much as $1.6 billion to the Australian tourism industry.
“Our focus on growing Australia’s share of the Indian travel market is reflected in the development of a ten year Indian tourism strategic plan to be released in June, and the work of Tourism Australia which includes a six day tour of Victoria in September for 70 Indian travel agents.
“Direct flights between India and Australia are a vital part of tapping into this tourism opportunity, and it is hoped today’s announcement by Sydney Airport brings us one step closer to achieving that.”
The Sydney- Delhi Airport strategic partnership will see co-operation in route development, passenger facilitation and infrastructure development and planning.

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Ashok Kumar is an accomplished journalist with over 38 years of experience in the profession in various capacities. He was a sub-editor in Patriot and later Chief Sub-editor in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He has several published articles and reports in Patriot and HT. Published reports in The Blacktown Sun in Sydney. He had also been a tutor in journalism in the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Editor at The Indian Sub-continent Times, Sydney.

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