More China visits
New visitors to flow to the region
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
WELCOME: It is hoped additional flights from China to Brisbane will provide a tourism boost for the Whitsundays.