MELBOURNE: Indian tourists inflow to Australia has increased by over 13 per cent for the first two months of 2014 as compared to the same period last year.
The total number of tourists this year for the period stood at 27,800, an increase of 13.9 per cent from previous year, according to the data released by the Tourism Australia.
There were 16,200 visitors from India during February in Australia this year alone.
However, the figures when compared with Chinese tourists visiting the country, are extremely low.
Chinese tourists inflow was recorded at 103,100 during February this year bringing the total for the first two months to 198,500.
There were 168,800 visitors from India for 2013, an increase of nine per cent over last year.
According to the data, visitors from India generated USD 0.8 billion expenditure in 2012 for the Australian economy.
In a bid to maximise the potential of huge Indian foreign tourism industry, Tourism Australia had released India 2020 strategic plan in 2012, which identified India with the second fastest rate of growth.
It estimated that India has the potential to grow and could touch between USD 1.9 billion and USD 2.3 billion in total expenditure by 2020.
The target Indian customers contributing to tourism growth include affluent, mid-life travellers who are self- employed or entrepreneurs, highly qualified professionals and senior executives at multinational companies.