Ireland’s young population are decamping for Australia in their thousands, with statistics from the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship showing an increase of 33 per cent in Australian Working Holiday visas for the Republic of Ireland nationals.
International flights into Sydney have been diverted following a freak outback dust storm that has shrouded much of eastern Australia in a dramatic red glow.
Thanks to the recession here in the UK (along with the weather) many people are packing their briefcases and leaving the country for a life down under. Global Visas, who provide immigration and visa advice for professionals, have seen a 123% increase in the number of British customers seeking to acquire an Australian work visa in the past year.
Tourism Western Australia has launched a major tourism campaign inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming feature film Australia to position Western Australia (WA) as the real star of the film and promote it as a ‘must visit’ destination.
New forecasts indicate that the contribution of tourism to the Australian economy is forecast to increase from $84 billion in 2006 to just over $100 billion in 2016 in real terms, underpinned mainly by growth in inbound tourism.