New direct flights to attract more US visitors
More American visitors are set to make their way to Brisbane following the launch of a new Qantas flight between the US and Brisbane on 9 February.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the new direct service between Brisbane and San Francisco would further cement Brisbane as an unmissable stop on the itineraries of prospective US visitors.
“The number of American visitors to Brisbane is at a record high, and the Brisbane to San Francisco route will be a catalyst for even more opportunities for our city to tap into the lucrative US market," he said.
“It’s no secret that our friendly and welcoming vibe, relaxed outdoor lifestyle, stunning natural assets and thriving city centre are some of reasons the numbers of US tourists visiting Brisbane are at an all-time high.
“US tourism numbers have climbed 6.3 per cent to 106,000 over the year to September 2019, and this new service is a win-win for the US market and Brisbane’s local tourism industry.
“Increased connectivity will foster closer business ties with the US and link our local start-ups and businesses with major innovation, technology, investment and corporate opportunities in the US.”
Gert-Jan de Graaff, BAC Chief Executive Officer, said today’s launch was another significant step in cementing Brisbane’s position as the best gateway to and from North America.
“The US visitor market is currently the fourth largest for Brisbane Airport in terms of passenger numbers, with around 185,000 US passengers travelling through the airport last year," he said.
“Relative to the size of the market and overall demand, Queensland has been under-served from the USA, so these direct Qantas flights will go some way to addressing pent-up demand.
“More importantly, the new services will help grow the important North American market which will have flow on benefits for every sector of our economy, from business and investment to tourism, trade and education across all of Queensland."
The services are supported by the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland through the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund in partnership with Brisbane Airport Corporation, Tourism Australia and Brisbane City Council via Brisbane Marketing.