Aviation conference a boost for Australian tourism

Media Release


04 March 2016

Joint release with:

Richard Colbeck

Minister for Tourism and International Education
Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment

The Australian Government has today welcomed news that Brisbane will host Asia's premier aviation route development forum, Routes Asia in 2018.

Minister for Tourism and International Development, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the annual conference has become an increasingly important platform recognised the world over for its aviation development work.

“As an island nation, Australian tourism relies heavily upon aviation access. The conference ensures our country is front of mind when important network expansion and route development decisions are made,” Mr Colbeck said.

“Routes Asia provides a valuable platform for a number of our tourism industry leaders, including destination marketing organisations, airports and airlines, to showcase Australia.

“Growing demand from Asia is one of the Tourism 2020 strategic priorities and we are actively looking to further increase visitor numbers from the region. Tourism Research Australia forecasts one in two international visitors will be from Asia by the end of the decade.”

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, said the announcement that Brisbane would host the conference presents an unparalleled opportunity for Australia to showcase its exciting aviation investment opportunities, particularly for route planning.

“Asia is a vital market for Australia and is our largest growth market. More than 1 million visitors from China alone visited Australia last year, an increase of 21 per cent while expenditure increased 45 per cent to reach a new record high of $8.3 billion,” Mr Chester said.

“The Government continues to focus on ensuring additional aviation capacity is available to meet future demand, particularly within the Asian region, which is needed to capitalise on the strong growth in visitation from these markets to Australia.

“Australian stakeholders will have the opportunity to meet airlines in the region to discuss opportunities to commence services to Australia or expand existing services under Australia's liberal international air services arrangements.”

Australia is already highly regarded by the Routes Asia community with Tourism Australia having been voted Asia's ‘best destination’ marketer at the annual Routes Asia awards in 2013 and 2014.