Thursday, 27 February 2014
In an effort to stimulate repeat Chinese business, the Honourable Andrew Robb, Minister for Trade and Investment, and the Honourable Scott Morrison, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, recently announced new three-year, multiple-entry visitor visas. Both Chinese business visitors and the tourism sector will benefit from the increased flexibility offered by these visas. We are expecting that this will require more chinese translation services.
According to Mr Robb, "Chinese business visitors will now be eligible to apply for a three-year, multiple-entry visa, increasing the prospect of repeat visits to Australia, which would be warmly welcomed by our tourism sector."
The tourism industry – which includes airlines, hotels, restaurants, events, and catering – is expected to benefit the most from these new changes, which include the government's decision to grant increased seating capacity to Chinese airlines to help cater to increased demand during the busy Chinese New Year period in Australia.
China accounts for the greatest number of business visitors to Australia, with approximately 20% of business visitor applications processed for Chinese citizens. In addition, Chinese applications for visitor subclass 600 topped UK applications.
"These changes will also support the government's ambitious trade and investment agenda and increase the opportunities to do business with China,” said Mr Robb. “Total Chinese investment in Australia grew more than eight-fold between 2002 and 2012, to $23 billion, and we want to see stronger continued growth."
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