Australia and India, two breathtaking nations of the world are ranked towards the top of most travel enthusiast’s wish list. Almost 6 million from round the world touched shores of down under in 2011 and coincidentally similar numbers landed in India as well. Australia generated an expenditure of around USD 32B from that while for India it was close to USD 16B.These broad figures demonstrate the significance of the travel and tourism sector for the nation’s economic sustainability.
The partnership between Australia and India today has gone much beyond, commonwealth, cricket and curry, well into culture and commerce and includes tourism as a significant part of that. In 2011 approximately 148000 arrived Australia from India, while approximately 170000 reached India. The figures reveal a reasonable growth in bilateral travel and open up myriad opportunities in both countries for hotels, international and domestic airlines, travel agents, tour operators and others directly and indirectly associated with the industry.