More China vis­its

New vis­i­tors to flow to the re­gion

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

IT’S hoped 120,000 new vis­i­tors dur­ing the next four years ar­riv­ing in Bris­bane from Shang­hai will make a bee line for the Whit­su­days.

Ad­dress­ing State Par­lia­ment last week, Queens­land Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said the in­crease from four flights a week to a daily ser­vice would in­ject $138 mil­lion in to the Queens­land econ­omy.

“The ad­di­tional ser­vices have been se­cured with the sup­port of our Con­nect­ing with Asia Fund and will pro­vide Chi­nese vis­i­tors ac­cess to our best des­ti­na­tions right across Queens­land,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Tourism Min­is­ter Kate Jones said the flights were se­cured through a con­sor­tium in­clud­ing Tourism and Events Queens­land, Bris­bane Air­port Cor­po­ra­tion, Gold Coast Tourism, Bris­bane Mar­ket­ing, Tourism Whit­sun­days and Tourism Aus­tralia.

“With Bris­bane the main gate­way to Queens­land, th­ese ad­di­tional flights are also a sig­nif­i­cant win for the Gold Coast and Whit­sun­days,” Ms Jones said. “It will of­fer Chi­nese trav­ellers eas­ier ac­cess to many of our iconic des­ti­na­tions known for their world class beauty, nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ments, unique ex­pe­ri­ences and world-class events.”

Tourism Whit­sun­days’ chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Craig Turner said this op­por­tu­nity to con­nect the Whitsunday Coast Air­port to Bris­bane would pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties for the re­gion as a whole.

“The Whit­sun­days rep­re­sented 44% of all vis­its to the Great Bar­rier Reef last year and we are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing Chi­nese vis­i­tors with that amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

We are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing Chi­nese vis­i­tors with that amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence — Craig Turner

PHOTO: MATT GLAS­TON­BURY

WEL­COME: It is hoped ad­di­tional flights from China to Bris­bane will pro­vide a tourism boost for the Whit­sun­days.

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