Published on : Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The commencement of Cebu Pacific Air flights between Manila and Sydney this week will provide a welcome boost to visitation from the Philippines and inject millions of dollars into the visitor economy, according to peak national industry body Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF).
The Philippine carrier will operate four flights per week from Manila to Sydney, before moving to five weekly services from 10 December.
TTF Acting Chief Executive Trent Zimmerman said the additional capacity is very valuable.
“These flights will give visitors from the Philippines more choice and flexibility in coming to Australia, helping boost visitor numbers from one of our near neighbours and growing source markets,” Mr Zimmerman said.
“More than 70,000 visitors came to Australia from the Philippines in 2013-14, up more than 11 per cent on the previous year.
“These new flights will accelerate that growth and generate an estimated $66 million in additional spending in the visitor economy.
“Tourism already directly employs more than 540,000 Australians and generates $110 billion in consumption annually.
“Tourism is also an economic development strategy for Australia that can provide job and business opportunities and future prosperity across Australia.
“The tourism industry congratulates Sydney Airport on securing these services and looks forward to welcoming thousands of additional visitors from the Philippines in the months and years to come.”