Latest news from the Invest Brisbane team

Hainan Airlines announces new direct route to China out of Brisbane

Hainan Airlines of China has announced the commencement of direct flights between Shenzhen and Brisbane with the first flight arriving 21 September this year.

The flights will operate two times per week arriving on Thursdays and Mondays using an Airbus A330 aircraft.

Shenzhen has had a Sister City relationship with Brisbane since 1992, making it Brisbane’s longest held Sister City. It is the major city of the Pearl River Delta manufacturing area and home to 12 million residents, located on the China – Hong Kong border, a convenient 90 minute drive to/from Hong Kong.

More information here.

In other flights news, low-cost airline Tigerair has announced several new routes flying out of Brisbane, including the only low-cost direct service between Brisbane and Perth.

Tiger will provide four weekly flights direct between Brisbane and Perth, which will increase to six flights a week during peak periods, and a thrice-weekly service between Brisbane and Canberra starting 14 September 2017.

The new service to Perth will deliver over 80,000 additional seats through both airports annually.


Work starts on $110m Howard Smith Wharves development

Construction has begun on the $110 million Howard Smith Wharves Revitalisation project, marking the redevelopment of Brisbane’s last remaining city centre wharf site.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the redevelopment of the 3.43 hectare site, featuring a luxury hotel, park and public open spaces, would deliver a world-class waterfront destination to further enhance Brisbane’s position as a New World City.

For many decades Howard Smith Wharves have been sitting disused, however this dynamic project will unlock the historically significant site’s full potential as an entertainment and lifestyle precinct,” Cr Quirk said.


Brett Fraser named new chief executive of Brisbane Marketing 

Today marks the commencement of Brett Fraser as Brisbane Marketing’s new Chief Executive Officer, following a board announcement in June.

As CEO, Mr Fraser will work with the board to deliver on the city’s economic blueprint as directed by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and councillors and further enhance Brisbane’s reputation as Australia’s New World City.

Mr Fraser has served as Brisbane Marketing’s Chief Operating Officer since January 2016 and previously held various senior executive positions at Vale, one of the world’s largest global resource companies. His other executive positions include: General Manager at Australia TradeCoast and Investment Director (North America) for Invest Australia.

Read the full story here.


See OzHarvest founder Ronni Khan in conversation with Cat Matson at The Capital

There’s still time to book your spot to hear OzHarvest founder Ronni Khan in conversation with Brisbane’s Chief Digital Officer Cat Matson at The Capital on July 4.

Ronni has been recognised as a leader in the fields of entrepreneurship, social impact and innovation and has been awarded with numerous achievements for her work and commitment to the community.

The fireside chat will cover:

  • Ronni’s entrepreneurial journey to date
  • The growth of OzHarvest in Australia and beyond
  • The importance of disruption to achieve change
  • What the future holds for social enterprise and food wastage
  • Ronni’s advice to young entrepreneurs

Secure your seat here.


Andrew Liveris AO to speak at UQ ChangeMakers lunch

Andrew Liveris AO, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Dow Chemical Company will be a special guest at a UQ ChangeMakers lunch on Friday, 21 July.

Join Brisbane's business community to hear Andrew discuss how Australia can improve its competitiveness globally, including consideration of sustainable energy policies and the importance of STEM education to a knowledge-based economy.

Tickets available here.


Develop strategic business opportunities within the Asia Pacific

Join Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk’s delegation and more than 1500 business and government leaders at the 2017 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2017APCS) & Mayors’ Forum from 10 – 13 September in Brisbane’s sister city Daejeon, Republic of Korea.

The Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS) & Mayors’ Forum is renowned for enabling global connections and helping businesses gain entry into key markets. As Korea’s hub of science and technology and home to 19 universities, Daejeon and the 2017APCS will be a significant launching pad for those looking to develop links in or expand into Asia.

If you are a Brisbane business, government, industry or youth leader interested in joining the Lord Mayoral Business Mission to the 2017APCS, please contact the APCS Secretariat by email at Applications close on 14th July 2017.

Learn more about the 2017 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2017APCS) & Mayors’ Forum.