Lift visa barrier, leaders plead

Lift visa barrier, leaders plead
By admin

Industry leaders have pledged to fight restrictive visa procedures in order to stimulate worldwide travel demand.

Speaking at the World Travel and Tourism Global Summit in Tokyo, Travel Corporation president and chief executive Brett Tollman called for the implementation of e-visas to “ensure a free flow of opportunity for all of us.”

Chief executive of International Airlines Group Willie Walsh agreed, saying complex visa procedures meant countries were “losing out” in terms of investment and job creation.

“We need to highlight this issue and embarrass governments,” he said.

The council welcomed the recent easing of US visa restrictions by US president Obama, but stressed there was still much to be done.

Meanwhile, Australia was held up as a role model for visa processing, having long introduced the e-visa.

But Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy told Travel Today that there were still improvements that could be made in terms of ensuring “quick and effective” processing, and updating the working holiday visa.

“Ours is good, but others have gone beyond us now, raising the age limit and tenure,” he said.

Email the Travel Weekly team at

Latest News

  • Destinations
  • News

APT Launches 2025 Asia Adventures

APT has launched its Asia Adventures for 2025, including new luxury holidays in India, Sri Lanka and Japan. Five new tours lead guests to the highlights of India, including a seven-night cruise along the rarely travelled Lower Ganges aboard the Ganges Voyager. Further south, Sri Lanka’s greatest destinations are revealed on a new 15-day Land […]

  • Cruise
  • Luxury
  • News

Seabourn announces Western Kimberley Traditional Owners as Godparents of Seabourn Pursuit

Seabourn has named Western Kimberley Traditional Owners, the Wunambal Gaambera, as Godparents of the ultra-luxury purpose-built Seabourn Pursuit. It is the first cruise line to appoint Traditional Owners as godparents of a ship. Seabourn Pursuit embarks on its inaugural season in the Kimberley region this June. The naming ceremony will take place on Seabourn Pursuit’s […]

  • Luxury

Malolo Island Resort opens brand new Spa

Fiji’s Malolo Island has added another string to its bow – opening its $1.3 million day spa on Thursday, 18th April 2024. (Lead Image: matriarch Rosie Whitton with spa staff) Located at the edge of the resort’s luscious patch of tropical rainforest, the new “Leilani’s Spa” adds another level of elevated experiences to Malolo’s already […]