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FTA helps to strengthen tourism relations with China

Agreements like China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) build stronger links with China from a range of perspectives and this ultimately will encourage more Chinese to visit Australia according to ATEC Managing Director, Peter Shelley.

The China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) announced by the Federal Government has the potential to strengthen Australia’s success in attracting Chinese visitors, ATEC Managing Director, Peter Shelley said.
 
Agreements like ChAFTA build stronger links with China from a range of perspectives and this ultimately will encourage more Chinese to visit Australia,” ATEC Managing Director, Peter Shelley said.
 
Specific elements of the agreement, such as the Investment Facilitation Arrangements, will hopefully bring greater investment in tourism infrastructure and stimulate stronger market links with Chinese visitors.”
 
Education-related personal travel is Australia’s largest services export, worth more than $14 billion each year, so elements of ChAFTA which help to encourage better education links have the potential add to this success.
 
Mr Shelley said the Chinese Work and Holiday Makers agreement, also announced, will ensure Australia can build long term connections with Chinese visitors.
 
We know people who visit Australia as young backpackers or students are more likely to have a long term connection to the country and return at various stages throughout their life.”
 
Engaging young Chinese visitors, through working holidays and education opportunities,  is a strong way for Australia to build a long term connection with Chinese visitors and encourage them to return again and again.”
 
ATEC would also urge the Government to look for ways to build a visa system that improves access from the Chinese visitor market and removes some of the current barriers.”
 
The United States has led the charge in bringing down the barriers to enabling Chinese visitors and last week announced 10 year tourist and business visas and five years student and exchange visas.”
 
Australia needs to keep up with our major competitors and China is a lucrative market so it is vital we work to create a visa system that reduces some of the barriers and encourages more Chinese visitors.”
 
We hope some of these important visa issues will be the next step in expanding our relationships with China.
 
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