Jetstar boosts tourism from China with new flights to Melbourne
The twice-weekly flights on Jetstar’s Boeing 787 aircraft, are expected to bring an additional 35,000 Chinese tourists to Australia each year.
Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said the growing middle class in China presented enormous opportunities for Australian tourism.
“We are excited to provide a direct link from Melbourne to Zhengzhou in China, a city of more than10 million people. We expect our low-fares will further stimulate inbound tourism from China to Australia.
“China already accounts for the largest source of tourism in Victoria, and by 2020 it’s predicted that China will overtake New Zealand to be Australia’s largest tourism market.
“We know that Chinese travellers generally visit 2 or 3 cities when they visit Australia so we expect this will boost tourism to other parts of Australia.”
“China is an incredibly important market for us and will continue to grow. Jetstar started flying to China just eight years ago, and we now operate 68 flights per week across Asia to 20 destinations in China. ■