Cairns positioning itself as new gateway to Asia
The new direct flights from China to Cairns are expected to inject $35m into the Queensland economy.
China Eastern Airlines will commence direct flights from Shanghai to Cairns, three times a week from October 31st, The Cairns Post reports.
Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls welcomed the news saying the flights would bring more than 700 Chinese visitors to Cairns each week.
“The number of Chinese visitors to Queensland increased by 16 per cent in the 12 months to March this year, injecting $403 million into the Queensland economy,” he said.
“Tourism is one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy and aviation access is vital to helping us achieve our target of doubling overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020.”
Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said the deal was struck thanks to the Newman government’s $8 million Attracting Aviation Investment Fund.
“Today’s announcement is great news, not only for our north Queensland tourism operators who did it tough after cyclone Yasi, but also for the whole state,” she said.