Trade, tourism links see growth in Aussie travel

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics’ (BITRE) International Airline Activity 2017-18 report shows the Australian Government’s aviation policy is helping create jobs and opportunities.

“These latest statistics paint a very positive picture for the Australian economy, and that means the benefit will flow to tourism operators, exporters and farmers around the nation. Our decisions during past year to support passenger and freight growth, including an open skies-style agreement with China, is paying off for locals and for the economy," Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said the report showed the significant benefits of open trade and the current strength of our tourism industry: “We should be encouraged by the strong international traveller numbers in this report which show a 22% spike in visitors from China. This is good news for our local tourism industry as more international travellers mean more people in our restaurants, staying in our hotels and visiting our tourist attractions."