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New China flights set to boost Queensland tourism industry

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Queensland’s tourism industry has received a boost with China Southern Airlines adding another flight to Brisbane and adding another Chinese city to the route, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has announced. The Guangzhou-Brisbane route will increase from three to four flights per week and Beijing will be added to the flight route. "This is great news for Brisbane and Queensland as it represents a 33 percent increase in weekly flights," Bligh said. "It will be a boost for the tourism, attracting more visitors from China’s capital city - a huge and growing market for us." The new flights will come into effect from October 30 and will increase the number of seats into Brisbane from 846 per week to 1132. China Southern Airlines General Manager Queensland Edward Wang said the changes will be beneficial to the airline and passengers. "We have recorded great business on the Guangzhou-Brisbane service and we believe adding an extra flight per week and including Beijing on the route will help grow our passenger numbers to Queensland," Wang said. Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Minister Jan Jarratt said the changes present positive tourism opportunities for the state with China now Queensland’s fourth largest and fastest growing international market. "Along with attracting more high-spending Chinese visitors and developing new airline and travel trade partnerships we are working with Queensland tourism operators to ensure they continue to deliver tourism experiences that the Chinese market requires," Jarratt said. "It’s vital our tourism industry has the skills, products and experiences to ensure our Chinese friends have the best possible Queensland experience as when they go home they tell their friends and families that Queensland truly is where Australia shines."

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