A low-cost Australian carrier is moving into mainland China, which could boost the numbers of Chinese nationals travelling to Australia in the future.
25 August 2009
Cheep flights to mainland China hoped to boost Australian tourist numbers
Australian low-cost carrier Jetstar Airways will launch its first services into mainland China from December this year.
Four weekly services between Melbourne and Haikou, the capital of Hainan Province, will begin on December 16 with an overnight stop in Singapore.
Other Australian destinations are also expected to be served by Jetstar, who hopes to expand into a series of new Asian destinations over the next 12 months after the arrival of three additional A320 aircraft.
Jetstar Asia and Valuair chief executive Chong Phit Lian said China was a clear focus of future growth.
The announcement comes a day after the Australian Federal Government defended a dramatic fall in the number of Chinese tourists to Australia.
Australia tourist visa applications from China have reported dropped by up to 80 per cent during the past three months.
Assistant Treasurer Nick Sherry denied any suggestion that tensions between Australia and China could have an impact on the figures, noting an overall tourism decline fuelled by the downturn and swine flu fears.
Affordable, direct flights between Australia and China could change these statistics and increase tourism to Australia.
To visit Australia for tourism purposes, unless you have an Australian or New Zealand passport, you need to obtain an Australian tourist visa or ETA visa. This Australia visa can be quickly applied for online, and electronically attached to your passport so that you are ready to go in minutes.
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