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Emirates decision a major boost to Queensland tourism

16 May 2013

Almost 100,000 additional tourists a year will be able to visit Brisbane with Emirates’ first regular A380 services into the city.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey today welcomed the airline’s decision to significantly increase its capacity to and from the state’s capital from October.

“This is clearly great news for Queensland and Brisbane tourism operators and businesses, and the Newman Government plans to make the most of the opportunity to boost tourist numbers in regional areas too,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Almost 100,000 additional seats will be available each year via the important Dubai-Brisbane and Auckland-Brisbane routes, helping to lift international visitor numbers as well as contributing up to an estimated $23 million annually to the Queensland economy.”

Emirates is the first international airline to introduce a scheduled A380 service into Queensland, upgrading the aircraft from the existing Boeing 777-300ERs, and it is a major global operator with connections throughout Europe and the UK.

Ms Stuckey said the State Government had established an $8 million Attracting Aviation Investment Fund to secure new aviation business and routes into Queensland.

“The State Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), will work with Emirates to utilise the fund to develop marketing activities around the new route,” she said.

The airline’s decision means Queensland will benefit from the Emirates and Qantas global partnership.

Today’s announcement also means more passenger connections with Queensland from London, Manchester, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam and Moscow; via the major hub of Dubai.

Emirates’ partnership with Qantas will allow for a more seamless transit for international passengers to access multiple destinations throughout the state.

Ms Stuckey said the additional capacity on Emirates flights from October is another boost for Queensland tourism, one of the four pillars of the economy.

“This exciting announcement also supports the State Government’s goal of reaching $30 billion in overnight visitor expenditure by 2020,” she said.

Last year Queensland welcomed more than two million international visitors, a five per cent increase compared with 2011.

[ENDS] 16 May 2013


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