News Briefs

    Jetstar announces services to Ho Chi Minh City

    Jetstar Airways announced (19-Jan-2017) plans to launch flights from Melbourne and Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City from May-2017. The carrier will operate Boeing 787 equipment on the routes. Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said Vietnam is one of the fastest growing holiday destinations in Southeast Asia, with a 21% increase in visitors from Vietnam to Australia in the past 12 months. Flights remain subject to government and regulatory approval.


    Tourism Australia signs agreement with Japan National Tourism Organisation

    Tourism Australia stated (18-Jan-2017) it signed an agreement with the Japan National Tourism Organisation on 14-Jan-2017 to work together to cultivate tourism between the two countries. The agreement was signed at a seminar attended by Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his State visit to Australia.


    Increase in international seat numbers

    Tourism Australia reported (Jan-2017) the following increases in international seats capacity for the 12 months to Sep-2016:

    • Qatar: +52% year-on-year;
    • China: +37%;
    • Malaysia: +35%;
    • Japan: +21%;
    • US: +7%.


    Domestic aviation market grows

    Tourism Australia reported (Jan-2017) Australian domestic aviation capacity grew marginally, up 1% year-on-year for the 12 months to Sep-2016. Domestic passenger movements grew 2% over the same period, slightly ahead of supply resulting in a minor improvement in domestic load factors overall. Mining routes continue to see cut backs in capacity, including Brisbane-Gladstone, Newman-Perth, Karratha-Perth and Perth-Port Hedland.


    Leisure tourist arrivals increase

    Tourism Australia MD John O’Sullivan reported (16-Jan-2017) leisure arrivals to Australia continued to drive international arrivals growth, with an increase of 14.6% year-on-year over the 12 month period to Nov-2016.



    American tourist arrivals increase

    Tourism Australia MD John O’Sullivan reported (16-Jan-2017) US tourist arrivals into Australia passed 700,000 in a single 12 month period. Mr O’Sullivan commented that the ongoing advertising campaign in the US, coupled with the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, which are traditionally a busy time for travel to Australia from markets in Asia:

    “will help to ensure a strong start for Australian tourism in 2017”.


    Tourism Australia overseas consumer survey  

    Tourism Australia updated (18-Jan-2017) its consumer demand fact sheets with the latest data about how global consumers view Australia and what motivates them to visit. Over the last five years, Tourism Australia has spoken with over 90,000 international long-haul travellers via online consumer research panels.


    Tourism Australia publishes new social media consumer guide

    Tourism Australia stated (18-Jan-2017) it has published a new #RestaurantAustralia how-to guide outlining the most engaging content on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter showcasing Australia’s top-notch food and wine offerings. The guide has been developed to encourage Australian tourism businesses to share their culinary experiences.


    International visitor numbers increase

    Australian Bureau of Statistics reported (16-Jan-2017) 8.2 million international visitor arrivals to Australia for the year ending Nov-2016, up 11.3% year-on-year. All of the key markets Tourism Australia targets recorded growth, including a number of markets with double digit increases:

    • US: +18.3%;
    • China: +19.0%;
    • Japan: +22.2%;
    • South Korea: +27.2%;
    • Malaysia: +15.7%;
    • Singapore: +12.1%;
    • India: +11.5%.


    New Langham property for Adelaide

    Langham Hotels have announced that they will be opening a third property in Australia, in Adelaide from mid-2019.

    Branded as part of the Langham Place portfolio, the property will feature 140 rooms and be located in Glenelg North forming part of the Lustro beachside development being built on the former Comfort Inn site.


    Cook Islands visitor numbers increase

    Cook Islands Ministry of Finance & Economic Management reported (18-Jan-2017) visitor arrivals to Cook Islands reached 13,090 in Dec-2016. Details include:

    • Visitor arrivals: 13,090, +17.7% year-on-year;
      • New Zealand: 7384, +14.7%;
      • Australia: 3343, +18.9%;
      • US: 851, +74.7%;
      • Canada: 264, +32.7%.


    Sydney Airport announces that China is fast growing market

    Sydney Airport MD and CEO Kerrie Mather stated (DFNI Online/Moodie Davitt Report, 18-Jan-2017):

    China is our fastest-growing international passenger market, representing 7.4% of total passengers”.

    “[The airport will be receiving] up to 150 nonstop flights from greater China each week during this busy Chinese New Year period”.


    Australian government tenders for link to Western Sydney Airport

    Australian Federal Government reportedly launched a tender for development of a concept design for the M12 Motorway, one of the main access road for the proposed Western Sydney Airport (Daily Telegraph, 19-Jan-2017).

    The project aims to connect M4 and M7 to the upcoming airport. According to the government’s Road and Maritime website, the preliminary road design is expected to be on public display by mid 2017. The entire project is estimated to worth AUD1.25 billion (USD938.5 million) with construction scheduled to commence in 2020 and complete in time with the airport’s completion in the mid 2020s.



    Brisbane Airport receives carbon reduction accreditation

    Brisbane Airport renewed (18-Jan-2017) its Airport Council International (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation at Level 3 “Optimisation”. The programme recognises the airport’s voluntary efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The accreditation has four levels, with Level 4 being “carbon neutral”.


    Tourism Western Australia enters marketing agreement with Expedia

    Tourism Western Australia entered (05-Jan-2017) a marketing agreement with Expedia. Western Australia will be promoted as a travel destination through seven of Expedia’s online platforms from 26-Dec-2016 until Jun-2017, through Expedia Media Solutions, the advertising sales division of the Expedia group. The resulting digital marketing campaign would run across some of WA’s key travel markets including Japan, New Zealand, US, Singapore, Malaysia, UK and Australia.


    Austrade appoints new CEO

    Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) appointed (17-Jan-2017) Stephanie Fahey as its new CEO. Dr Fahey will be the first woman to lead Austrade and is currently the lead partner for education, Oceania at Ernst and Young. Prior to that she was deputy vice chancellor at Monash University in Melbourne. Dr Fahey has also led a research institute at the University of Sydney and is currently chair of the NSW International Advisory Board, a council member of the European Australian Business Council, a board member of Canberra Institute of Technology, and a board member of The Asia Foundation (Global Board).

    Dr Fahey is expected to take up the role in mid-Feb-2017.


    WA government to support Perth Airport access development

    Western Australia government announced (18-Jan-2017) it is working with Perth Airport to realign road and pedestrian crossings and relocate some car rental booths, long term parking bays and services to make way for the development of an underground rail station as part of the Forrestfield-Airport rail link project.

    The site clearance is scheduled to complete in Mar-2017, allowing construction of the underground station to commence from Mar-2017 to Feb-2018. Other changes in relation to this project include the closure of Brearley Avenue from 17-Jan-2017 onwards. Passengers can access Perth Airport’s Terminal 3 and 4 via Tonkin Highway and Dunreath Drive.


    Tigerair continues to work with Indonesia authorities

    Tigerair Australia reported (18-Jan-2017) it continues to work with the Indonesian Government in order to start flying to Bali again and the carrier is “progressing options to resume flying as soon as possible this week”.

    In the interim, Virgin Australia continues to operate replacement flights to bring passengers back from Bali to Australia, with one service scheduled for 19-Jan-2017. Tigerair’s flights from Bali to Australia from Friday 20 January onwards remain under review.


    MH370 update from China, Malaysia and Australia

    China, Malaysia and Australia Transport Ministers issued (17-Jan-2017) a tripartite message on the suspension of the underwater search for the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The last vessel has left the search area on 17-Jan-2017, after an unsuccessful search of more than 120,000sqkm of territory in the southern Indian Ocean. The parties stated that combined scientific studies have continued to refine areas of probability, but to date no new information has been discovered to determine the specific location of the aircraft.


    Former Air New Zealand executive appointed CFO of Heartland Bank

    Heartland Bank announced (19-Jan-2017) the appointment of Air New Zealand‘s deputy CFO David Mackrell to the role of CFO, effective 15-Feb-2017. Mr Mackrell was deputy CFO at Air New Zealand for more than 12 years.