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One-stop travel shop on-line for Japanese tourists

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M e d i a R

The Hon. Philip Ruddock MR Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

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Parliament House, Canberra ACT 260(0 Telephone: (06) 277 7860 Facsimile: (06) 273 414-4

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Travellers from Japan are the latest to benefit from the introduction of Australia's electronic travel authority (ETA). Earlier this year the ETA was introduced for travellers from Singapore and North America.

In a joint statement, the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Mr Philip Ruddock, and the Minister for Industry, Science and Tourism, Mr John Moore, said today's introduction of the ETA for Japanese visitors marked a new era in travel between the two countries.

The Ministers said that under the ETA visitors were pre-cleared for single or multiple journeys to Australia at the same time as booking the travellers' flights, accommodation and hire cars. The ETA is linked to travel agency and airline

ticketing and check-in systems.

They said the ETA would operate out of all seven airports in Japan to all major Australian airports.

"The success of the ETA introduction has encouraged us to widen ETA coverage," Mr Ruddock said.

"Travellers eligible for ETA can now travel to Australia on any participating airline from any port in the world," he said.

Mr Moore said the introduction of the ETA in Japan was an important move to enhance our relationship with Japan and for the continued development of Australia's largest source of international tourists.

"Last year, 783 000 Japanese people chose Australia as a travel destination and this number is expected to double by the year 2005," Mr Moore said.

"In an increasingly competitive world market it is vital that we make travel from Japan to Australia as easy as possible if we want to keep, or more importantly, expand our market share. The ETA is a terrific innovation," he said.

The ETA will be introduced in selected countries in Europe and Asia during the first half of 1997. '

27 November 1996

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