90,000 more tourists to Qld with Canada direct flights
DAILY flights between Vancouver and Brisbane could bring more than 90,000 additional travellers to Queensland every year starting in June.
Air Canada will provide an extra four direct flights between the two cities today, building on the three flights each week that had been previously announced.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the flights reflect a strong and growing interest from North American and Canadian tourists wanting easier access to the Sunshine State
"The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner flights are the first direct services between Canada and Queensland and are expected to generate $56 million for the state.
"The daily services will give access to more than 90,000 travellers when Air Canada takes off from Vancouver to Brisbane for the first time in June 2016."
Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the move was a strong vote of confidence in Queensland Tourism with 50,000 more seats than the originally scheduled three flight a week service.
"North American visitors to Queensland grew by nine per cent in the year to September 2015 as one of the top five source markets for the state," Ms Jones said.
"More than 236,000 people from North America visited Queensland last year with holiday, visiting friends and relatives and business travel all increasing.
"Queensland previously secured three Air Canada flights a week between Vancouver and Brisbane through the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund," she said.
Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO and Managing Director Julieanne Alroe said the now daily service is testament to the strong economic ties between Queensland and Canada.
"Air Canada's decision to make Brisbane a daily service from day one is a clear indication of the strength of Queensland's attractions and a sign of Air Canada's confidence in the market," Ms Alroe said.
"Clearly, Canada-Australia business ties are of increasing significance with our two economies sharing many major industries, like mining, agriculture and tourism, but complementing each other by operating opposing growing and tourist seasons."