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Qantas announces boost for Queensland tourism

11 February 2015

Queensland’s tourism industry has received a boost today with Qantas announcing it will increase services on a range of routes into the State in 2015. 

In August, Qantas will fly daily between Tokyo Narita – Brisbane. In addition, Qantas will introduce two flights a week and a new premium service between Melbourne and Hamilton Island from 27 June.  Around the same time Jetstar will start operating three flights a week direct between Melbourne and the Whitsundays Coast.  
Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) Chief Executive, Leanne Coddington, welcomed the news and Qantas’ support of Queensland tourism.  
“Today’s announcement is terrific news for our industry and will provide international and Australian travellers with better access to a range of popular Queensland destinations,” Ms Coddington said.  
“TEQ has worked closely with Qantas and Brisbane Airport Corporation to support the Tokyo route which will have the capacity to bring more than 100,000 extra travellers to Queensland each year.  
“The daily flights will play a significant role in driving more Japanese visitors to Queensland and complements Jetstar’s existing services into Cairns and the Gold Coast.” 
Japan is one of Queensland’s most important international markets with 160,000 Japanese travelling to Queensland in the year to September 2014, an increase of two per cent on the year prior.  
Japanese visitors also spent $318 million in Queensland during the year, an increase of 14 per cent.  
Ms Coddington said TEQ would continue to work closely with Qantas in the year ahead on marketing initiatives to support the new services. 
“Qantas’ decision to increase services into the Whitsundays, backed by traveller demand, will be welcome news for local tourism operators, opening the skies to more than 15,000 extra visitors a year,” she said.  
The Whitsundays is a popular Queensland holiday destination welcoming around 670,000 visitors annually.  
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