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Tourism the big winner from new air service arrangement



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TOURISM THE BIG WINNER FROM NEW AIR SERVICE ARRANGEMENTS

Australia’s tourism industry is the big winner from the Federal Government’s decision to further liberalise international air services, Federal Minister for Sport and Tourism, Jackie Kelly, said today.

The Minister said the Government’s response to the Productivity Commission’s report into international air services, tabled in Parliament today, will lead to enhanced services for tourists, which will have huge spin-offs for the tourism industry.

“In particular, the tourism industry will gain from more flights, more seats, innovative new travel products, and more competitive airfares,” the Minister said.

“The new arrangements are also great news for the development of tourism in regional Australia. Through bilateral negotiations, foreign airlines will be offered open access to regional gateways and unrestricted rights to codeshare with Australian airlines.

“Given that the number of overseas tourists coming to Australia is set to double to 8.4 million over the next decade, the opportunities for economic growth and job creation are obviously enormous.

“An increasing number of overseas tourists are seeking to experience Australia’s unique attractions, many of which lie in regional and rural areas.

“These new arrangements will enable more international visitors to get to these places more easily.”

Minister for Sport and Tourism

Thursday, 3 June 1999 99 15S

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