First direct flights from Japan to Brisbane

Published on : Wednesday, August 12, 2015

qantas-plane-300x200Queensland is preparing to welcome an extra 108,000 international visitors each year with the first direct flights from Japan touching down in Brisbane on Aug 1. Tourism Minister Kate Jones joined Qantas and local tourism officials at Brisbane’s International Airport this morning to celebrate the arrival of the Qantas flight.

“The daily service opens the skies for an extra 108,000 travellers to visit Queensland each year and has the potential to inject up to $64 million into the economy,” Ms Jones said.
“This is an important aviation milestone for Queensland as it provides a significant opportunity to grow capacity from one of the state’s key international visitor markets.
“Almost 155,000 Japanese travellers visited Queensland in the year to March 2015, spending more than $305 million on visits.”

Ms Jones said Tourism and Events Queensland had worked in partnership with Qantas, Tourism Australia and regional tourism organisations, Brisbane Marketing and Gold Coast Tourism to promote the new route.

“A major marketing effort featuring print, digital and outdoor ads was launched in May promoting holiday packages to Queensland,” she said.


“TEQ also led a trade mission to Japan in June to engage with Japanese travel wholesalers, agents and media to increase awareness of the new route.


“TEQ will host a VIP delegation of tourism trade officials from Japan on a visit to Queensland this month providing an opportunity for participants to experience tourism attractions in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast first-hand.”


Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said the airline was excited to be offering its customers daily direct flights from Brisbane to Tokyo.

BAC CEO and Managing Director Julieanne Alroe praised Qantas for the new service saying it would help to reinvigorate a long and valuable relationship between the two countries.

“The return of a full service carrier direct to Japan is a win for travellers, for business, for Queensland and for the economy.

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