澳大利亚贸易委员会的官方网站6月17日公布澳对华实施十年多次往返签证的消息,消息引述澳大利亚移民和边境保卫部长Peter Dutton的声明,称中澳自贸协定让更多的中国游客能到澳大利亚体验当地的一切,也同时为澳大利亚带来巨大的收益。
 
Peter Dutton部长称澳大利亚是国际游客一个多元和独特的旅游目的地,联邦政府将致力确保澳大利亚能从旅游业带来的商机中获得最大化的利益。
 
澳大利亚贸易投资部部长ANDREW ROBB称最新签署的中澳自贸协定将大大促进澳大利的旅游业,中国到2020年将会有超过2亿游客到包括澳大利亚在内的海外目的地旅游,这些访澳的中国游客将会澳洲带来超过50亿澳元的经济效益。
 
澳大利亚移民和边境保卫部助理部长Michaela Cash称澳大利亚在处理签证的数量、速度及处理结果都极具竞争力,澳大利亚政府将继续在推出中国游客在线申请签证方面作出努力,既能减少不必要的繁文缛节又能确保签证程序的完整。最重要的是能让澳大利亚保持处于创新的前沿,保持吸引游客的竞争性,我们不能忘记我们有其他的旅游目的地的强力竞争。
 
Australia will benefit from increasing Chinese tourism through a new pilot ten year visitor visa announced today.
 
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said the agreement will allow more Chinese visitors to come and experience all that Australia has to offer while simultaneously providing immense benefits to Australia.
 
"Australia is a diverse and unique destination for international travellers and the Coalition Government is committed to ensuring we capitalise on our tourism opportunities," Mr Dutton said.
 
A landmark Free Trade Agreement with China was signed today by the Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb and his counterpart Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng.
 
Mr Robb said that this will provide an enormous boost to tourism.
 
"Chinese travellers are growing exponentially and it is estimated that by 2020, more than 200 million Chinese people will be travelling to destinations including Australia," Mr Robb said.
 
"Increased visitor numbers in Australia translates into significant benefits for Australians and our economy. China is our largest source of tourism, already worth over $5 billion to the Australian economy."
 
The Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaela Cash said this announcement built on the Coalition Government’s initiatives to realise the enormous potential that exists within the Chinese market.
 
"In terms of visa volume, processing speed and integrity outcomes, Australia is highly competitive," Minister Cash said.
 
"The Government continues to progress the roll-out of online visa lodgements for Chinese nationals, in an effort to reduce unnecessary red tape whilst at the same time ensuring we maintain the integrity of our visa programmes."
 
"It is essential that Australia remains at the cutting edge of innovation and is competitive in attracting tourists from our region – we must not forget that here is immense competition from other destinations."