Young people from Australia and Argentina now have the opportunity to visit and work in each other’s countries through a new work and holiday arrangement.
The new work and holiday arrangement aims to strengthen cultural exchange and widen economic ties and links between the two countries.
This arrangement will allow university educated Australians and Argentines aged between 18 and 30 to work and holiday in each other’s country for up to 12 months.
The work and holiday visa differs from a working holiday visa as it requires applicants to have the support of their government, hold or be studying towards tertiary qualifications and to speak functional English.
Argentina has become the latest country to have a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement with Australia, joining a number of other countries, including Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Turkey and the USA.
There will be an annual limit of 500 work and holiday visas for both countries.
Meanwhile, Tourism Australia has welcomed the announcement by Air Asia X to launch future daily services between Sydney and Kuala Lumpur.
‘Malaysia is an all critical market, now representing Australia’s seventh largest and one of our fastest growing. As seen with Air Asia X’s past introduction of new long haul flights into Australia, and now via its latest growth announcement for Sydney flying, we foresee a future positive outcome of both greater visitor numbers and new consumers visiting Australia, through this new service,’ said Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy.
‘An average Malaysian tourist in Australia now spends almost $4,700 during their stay and vitally they are amongst the highest repeat visitors to our country,’ he added.
Direct weekly frequencies from Malaysia to Australia would now number up to 87 per week with the additional of Air Asia X’s new daily Sydney service. Malaysian Airlines and Air Asia X, which are now in a strategic tie up, represent the majority of flights and the existing growth drivers on the Malaysian Australia route.
McEvoy said Asian markets such as Malaysia would play an increasingly important part in achieving Australian tourism’s year 2020 goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure up to A$140 billion.
‘This new strategic alliance will be a hugely important platform from which to take our marketing message further into Asia, and on the back of significant increases in aviation capacity,’ McEvoy added.
Tourism Australia believes the Malaysian market, with existing annual expenditure of around A$1.1 billion has the potential to double to between A$2 billion and A$2.5 billion in total yearly expenditure by 2020.