BRISBANE AND CHINA LINKED WITH NEW ROUTE

Written on the 18 November 2010

BRISBANE AND CHINA LINKED WITH NEW ROUTE

CHINA Southern Airlines’ first direct flight from Guangzhou to Brisbane landed today, making history with a route that could bolster Queensland’s struggling tourism industry.

The high Australian dollar has led to fewer Australians travelling domestically, but the airline’s capacity for 3600 more Chinese visitors a month will be a significant boost for the sector.

Based on recent spending, if all the planes were full it could mean a $7.6 million injection into the economy each month. Around 158,000 Chinese visited the sunshine state in the year to June, spending $333 million.

The Premier Anna Bligh was on hand to welcome visitors on the maiden voyage.

“It's terrific news that China Southern Airlines now flies three times a week between Guangzhou and Brisbane. The arrival of this first flight is the culmination of extensive negotiations between our government, the airline, Tourism Queensland and Brisbane Airport Corporation,” she says.

Tourism Minister Peter Lawlor says the airline and Tourism Queensland have done great work to promote the flights in China, with a $520,000 marketing and promotional campaign partnership.

“During my visit to Guangzhou recently, I was fortunate enough to meet with China Southern dignitaries and sign a cooperative marketing agreement between Tourism Queensland and the airline," he says.

"Previously Chinese visitors had to transit through Sydney or Melbourne to get to Queensland, so providing the option for Chinese travellers to fly direct into Brisbane and easily connect to a range of Queensland destinations allows them to bypass the southern states and spend more time in Queensland.”

China Southern Airlines CEO Tan Wangeng will speak tomorrow at the Queensland Tourism Industry Council Business Luncheon at Rydges South Bank.


Latest News

PROFIT BOOST FORECAST AT VILLA WORLD

VILLA World has forecast profit growth of 5 per cent in the first half of FY17 in an earnings guidance released to th...

WP CURVE SOLD TO GODADDY

NASDAQ-listed tech company GoDaddy has bought Gold Coast's WP Curve for an undisclosed sum.

The subscription-b...

BOARD SHAKE-UP TAKES OUT SURFSTITCH FOUNDER

ONLINE actionwear retailer SurfStitch Group (ASX: SRF) has announced a major board shake-up in a move that effectivel...

ORIGIN TO DIVEST UPSTREAM OIL AND GAS BUSINESS

ORIGIN Energy will spin off its upstream oil and gas business in an as-yet unpriced IPO.

It will allow the Sydney-...

Related News

HOW MCDONALD'S AUSTRALIA REDISCOVERED ITS INNOVATIVE SPIRIT

MCDONALD'S is such a ubiquitous part of the Australian landscape today that it is easy to forget how it change...

JB HI-FI IS THE GOOD GUY IN $870 MILLION ACQUISITION

ELECTRONICS giant JB Hi-Fi has formally completed its $870 million acquisition of home appliance chain The Good Gu...

ACCC ACTS AGAINST MERITON'S RIGGED REVIEWS

MERITON Property Services is under fire from Australia's main consumer watchdog, after it allegedly engaged in mi...

ACCC FIRES WARNING SHOT TO IVF PROVIDERS

IVF clinics have been put on notice by consumer watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC...

Contact us

Email News Update Sign Up Contact Details

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Email Format

PO Box 2087
Brisbane QLD 4001

LoginTell a FriendSign Up to Newsletter