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Cairns secures landmark yearround China flights


first_imgCairns secures landmark year-round China flightsChina Southern Airlines will operate three flights a week direct from Guangzhou to Cairns following a landmark agreement set to pump $90 million into the Tropical North.Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the new flights were the first secured through the Palaszczuk Government’s Connecting with Asia fund.“With the support of the Palaszczuk Government, China Southern Airlines will fly the first-ever year-round service by a Chinese airline into Cairns,” Ms Jones said.“In the first year we expect these flights to bring more than 33,000 Chinese visitors to Tropical North Queensland, which in turn flows on to the local economy and supports jobs across the region.“In fact the tens of thousands of new Chinese tourists coming into Cairns are forecast to be worth more than $30 million in overnight visitor expenditure in our region in the first year alone.”Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the new flights were a game-changer for the region.“This is great news for tourism and jobs in the Far North,” Mr Pitt said.“This is the first time we’ve ever been able to offer direct access to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef from mainland China.“The extra visitation to our region will help grow the economy and jobs and support our tourism businesses.”Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said it could be the start of even bigger things.“We know Chinese visitors love the tropical north and the unique tourism experiences on offer, especially the Reef, but flights have been a hassle,” he said.“These direct flights into Cairns remove the complexity of connecting flights, which puts Cairns on a competitive pegging with destinations like Hawaii and Bali.“Word of mouth is the best form of advertising and once these visitors have seen the spectacular offerings of our region, they’ll be telling all their friends and colleagues that Cairns is a must-see destination.”Cairns Mayor Bob Manning welcomed today’s announcement.“This is what we’ve been working toward for a long time,” he said.“Cairns Regional Council has partnered with the Queensland Government to secure year-round direct flights, which will have a substantial impact on the local Cairns economy.“China is our largest and fastest growing tourism market, with the number of visitors last year almost triple that of 2010.“The introduction of year-round flights will increase Chinese access to Cairns the Great Barrier Reef.“With the imminent opening of the Cairns Aquarium and significant private investment in accommodation development, our city is particularly well-placed to capitalise on this great opportunity.“I’d like to thank Minister Jones and everyone involved in delivering this great boost for Cairns’ and Queensland’s tourism industries.”Cairns Airport Chief Executive Officer Norris Carter said China Southern’s direct flights to Cairns would create more opportunities for visitors to experience the reef and the rainforest.“Whether as a standalone visit, or as part of a longer Queensland and Australian itinerary that takes advantage of our extensive domestic connections, visitors will be able to spend more of their time enjoying their holiday rather than travelling.“We welcome the Queensland Government’s support through its Connecting with Asia fund, and we look forward to rolling out the red carpet for China Southern’s first flight in December.”Source = Tourism and Events Queenslandlast_img read more


Related Top 10 best nudist beaches in Europe vide


first_img RelatedTop 10 best nudist beaches in Europe: video and picturesNude is bang on trend this summer. But we’re not talking about nude heels or handbags; we’re talking about ditching your clothes and opting for a “nakation”. Nervous about bearing it all but fancy giving it a go? Novice or old pro to sunbathing in your birthday suit, you’ll be…Cool Courses: weird and wonderful golfing around the worldCool Courses: weird and wonderful golfing around the world6 Bargain flights to Europe from £40Summer may be rushing past at a rate of knots, yet even at this late stage there are still chances to bag bargain flights to popular sun-baked destinations like Faro or Ibiza for as little as £59. But if you’re after something a bit different from your summer hols, why… Beat the baggage charges – don’t pack any clothes! A Skyscanner poll showed that 2% of Skyscanner users have booked a ‘nakation’, so how about going to back to basics? We reveal the top ten places to holiday as nature intended.1. Naked sauna – Kotiharju, Helsinki, FinlandFinns have long enjoyed getting hot and naked with their friends and the country boasts an average of one sauna for every household. Steam yourself silly in The Kotiharju Sauna, the only remaining sauna in Helsinki which is still powered by a wood-burning stove. 2. Naked golf – La Jenny, FranceLa Jenny naturist resort near Bordeaux in south-west France offers Europe’s only naked golf course, and features six holes spread over nine hectares as well as an indoor and outdoor driving range. 3. Naked village – Costa Natura, SpainThis cosmopolitan village near Malaga on the Costal Del Sol has nearly 200 apartments and was the first naturist settlement in Spain. Nude enthusiasts can enjoy Costa Natura’s facilities which include a heated swimming pool, volleyball court, tropical gardens and nudist beach. 4. Naked festival – Okayama, JapanEvery year in the town of Okayama, 9000 scantily clad men take to the streets to celebrate Hadaka Matsuri – Naked Festival. An important Shinto tradition, the event has become popular with tourists who also join the locals dressed only in loin cloths.5. Naked scuba diving – FijiBuff Divers is a company that offers ‘clothing optional’ scuba at sites all around the world, including the tropical climes of Fiji. Naked divers will need to watch out for stinging creatures, spiky sea urchins and stray conger eels. 6. Naked hiking – Harz Mountains, GermanyIn Germany’s Harz Mountains, an 18km naked trial opened to nudist walkers in May so fans of hiking as nature intended can jump on a flight to Berlin to join the clothes-free fun or ‘Nacktwanderen’ for themselves. 7. Naked sailing – CroatiaThere are a total of 1,185 islands which lie off the coast of Croatia, many of which are very secluded, making them a popular spot for nudist sailing trips. You can even book yourself a berth on a large sailboat offering nude cruises running out of Split.8. Naked fishing – Lake Tekapo, New ZealandIf you’re angling for a fishing trip with a difference, try a fully instructed naked fishing expedition at Lake Tekapo Holiday Park on New Zealand’s South Island. A rod and some tackle are essential (sorry! couldn’t resist!). 9. Naked bungy jumping – Nanaimo, CanadaThe centrepiece of the annual ‘Naked Weekend’ celebrations on Valentine’s Day weekend in Nanaimo, Vancouver is a naked tandem bungy jump, where lovers strip off and leap over 140 feet together above the ice-cold water below. 10. Naked Skiing – Obertraun, AustriaThe famous naked skiing contest in Crested Butte, Colorado may have stopped, but you can still get your naked snow sports fix in Obertraun, Austria, which offers the world’s first naked cross-country skiing route in a sheltered valley 1,700m above sea level.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more