February 5, 2019

Government extends ADS funding

5 February 2019

ATEC welcomes the Coalition Government’s commitment to four more years of funding for the the Approved Destination Status (ADS) scheme. The bilateral agreement with china has underwritten the growth of the Chinese inbound market which is now worth in excess of $12bn annually.

“ATEC congratulates the Coalition Government in its commitment to the ADS with the announcement of a further four year, $11 million investment in delivering quality experiences for Chinese group travellers.”


ATEC MD, Peter Shelley

Since 1999, the ADS has supported around 2.5 million Chinese visitors and provided a framework for delivering quality services and visa processing.

“ATEC congratulates the Coalition Government in its commitment to the ADS with the announcement of a further four year, $11 million investment in delivering quality experiences for Chinese group travellers,” MD Peter Shelley said.

“ATEC has been involved with the ADS program since its inception as the founding member of the ADS Advisory Panel and as an accreditation provider for the first 21 inbound tour operators to be approved under the scheme.

“The continuation and evolution of this program is an important element in ensuring Australia remains a desirable destination for Chinese visitors who currently account for 27% of all international visitor spending.”

Click here for ATEC’s media release, and here for the Government’s announcement.

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