Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Trade, tourism links see growth in Aussie travel

Media Release

MM200/2018

26 October 2018

Joint release with:

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham

Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
Senator for South Australia

Jobs, more trade and new opportunities are set to flow thanks to strong growth in travel from China and a significant increase in air freight movement, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack says.

Releasing the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics’ (BITRE) International Airline Activity 2017-18 report, Mr McCormack said it shows the Australian Government’s aviation policy is helping create jobs and opportunities and achieving results.

“Every plane, every passenger and every cargo container helps create jobs, opportunities and an economic benefit for Australians,” Mr McCormack said.

“These latest aviation statistics paint a very positive picture for the Australian economy, and that means the benefit will flow to tourism operators, exporters and farmers around the nation.

“Our decisions during past year to support passenger and freight growth, including an open skies-style agreement with China, is paying off for locals and for the economy.

“We also implemented a significant expansion of air services arrangements with India in June 2018 and with both Fiji and the Philippines earlier this month which I hope will see the opportunities for Australians grow in those regions too.”

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said the report was demonstration of the significant benefits of open trade and the current strength of our tourism industry underpinned by strong international traveller numbers.

“We’ve seen steady growth in air freight traffic, particularly outbound freight, which means Australian businesses are benefiting from greater opportunities to export more of their goods to more corners of the globe,” Minister Birmingham said.

“We will continue to back Australian businesses by opening new doors and pursuing new market opportunities that allow them to sell more of their high-quality produce and goods to the rest of the world.

“We should also be encouraged by the strong international traveller numbers in this report which show a 22 per cent spike in visitors from China and that Australia has already met our current 2020 inbound passenger seat targets.

“This is good news for our local tourism industry as more international travellers mean more people in our restaurants, staying in our hotels and visiting our tourist attractions. This is good for Australian businesses and ultimately helps contribute to a stronger economy and more Australian jobs.”