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Record numbers to follow Lions Down Under

Tourism Australia has confirmed that more rugby fans will travel on the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia than ever before.
16 March 2012
Tickets for the rugby tour of Australia, which will take place between June and July 2013, went on sale this week and Lions Rugby Travel, the official travel company for the tour has received more than 26,000 applications already.

Andrew McEvoy, managing director of Tourism Australia, said the huge popularity of previous tours, when the best rugby union players from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland travel across Australia in a series of matches, is only going to continue to grow.

"Based on the phenomenal take up so far, interest in the tour is only going to get bigger and bigger," said Mr McEvoy.

"To have already received more than 26,000 advance enquiries from rugby fans really keen to follow the tour is impressive stuff from right across the UK, Ireland and Europe.

"The British and Irish Lions is one of the great sporting tours and presents fantastic opportunities for Australia tourism, as thousands of rugby fans flock to our country and follow the Lions all over the country, experiencing for themselves why there is nothing like sport in Australia."

Mr McEvoy said fans travelling with the tour will get the chance to take part in over 80 tours and excursions during the trip and offered the chance for fans to make their own itineraries online for the first time.

The British and Irish Lions will play nine matches across Australia ove the course of six weeks. Matches will take place in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney as well as Perth Canberra and Newcastle.

If you want to follow the Lions Down Under, you'll need an Australian Travel Visa. The most popular of these is the ETA Visa, because it can be easily and quickly applied for online.