The World Travel and Tourism Council President David Scowsill has called upon the Australian Government to review their visa applications as more tourists are turned off by the current process. He urges the country to consider extending electronic visas for tourists as these are offered in other major countries.

Australia is losing out on other rising tourist destinations, such as China and India. Their visa regulations are easy and flexible, supporting several languages and electronic visas can be used for mobile users. The country’s tourism has been mediocre because of the rules in place for visa applications, with the country just growing by just 1.7% in tourism for 2013. Mr. Scowsill added that “All of these measures are simple to make but will bring big rewards to the economy.”

These changes are supported by Tourism Tropical North Queensland, the Queensland Hotels Association and Advance Cairns.

Read more about this on the Cairns Post website.