New routes get Queensland tourism back on track

1 Aug 2012 4:01 PMJann Stuckey

01/08/2012

The Newman Government is well on its way to putting Queensland tourism back on track following a successful mission to China.

Last week the Minister for Tourism, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey signed a deal with China Eastern to fly directly from Shanghai to Cairns, three times a week, 52 weeks of the year.

Ms Stuckey said securing this deal during the eight day mission showed the Government’s commitment to tourism and recognised China as a key tourism and investment market.

“This is the first deal announced as part of the $8 million Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, a key element of the Government’s DestinationQ initiative,” Ms Stuckey said.

The fund was set up in the first 30 days of the Newman Government to help attract new international airline routes to Australia and expand current routes.

“Shanghai to Cairns is a key route for Queensland as China is our second largest international source market and is growing at 16 per cent a year,” she said

“This new service into Cairns will increase capacity from China by more than 41,000 seats each year and lead to an estimated annual $35 million boost to the local economy.”

The mission has reinforced Queensland’s relationship with Greater China, in what the Minister hopes will be a long and fruitful partnership.

It’s also reinforced the Ministers determination to fix the tourism industry after years of inaction by Labor.

“Tourism is one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy and this announcement shows our commitment to delivering out election commitments, which include doubling overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020,” she said.

“I will be working every day with my cabinet colleagues, members of the tourism industry and the new chairman of Tourism Queensland to reinvigorate our industry.”

[ENDS] 01 August 2012