The NSW Government has made a promotional partnership with Hainan Airlines, starting new twice-weekly flights from Changsha and Xi’an. The latest service of the Chinese airline company has already landed at Sydney. The new services have added an additional 52,000 seats to NSW per year.
Stuart Ayres, the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, said that the new partnership is the addition of another successful chapter to the tourism growth of NSW. The rate of Chinese visitors to this region has increased 21% in a year ended in June this year. Mr Ayres hoped that the number would grow bigger after the partnership with one of the largest airlines in China.
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Mr Ayres said that more and more Chinese visitors have been travelling to NSW to explore scores of attractions such as Aboriginal heritage, beaches, festivals, events, and food and wine. According to him, investing in new aviation services will make the region more accessible to Chinese visitors and increase their numbers even more.
Sandra Chipchase, the Chief Executive Officer of Destination NSW, said that the deal with Hainan Airlines is an excellent way to promote tourist attractions and events calendar of Sydney and NSW.
Mr Pu Ming, the Vice President of Hainan Airlines, said that the direct services between Sydney and Changsha and Xi’an – two hugely important growing markets for NSW – would encourage the airlines’ customer to visit and explore Sydney and Regional NSW.
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Kerrie Mather, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Sydney Airport, also hoped that direct flights from two Chinese cities to Sydney would bring significant positive results for both tourism and trade of the region.
Sydney airport is the top long distance airport in the world for Chinese airlines.