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Sydney welcomes Sichuan Airlines from Western China

Sydney Airport estimates this will bring around AUD 36.5 million in visitor expenditure to the NSW economy each year.

SYDNEY – Sichuan Airlines‘ first Chengdu-Chongqing-Sydney service, a new route which offers visitors from Western China direct access to Sydney, Australia, landed at Sydney Airport on 20th December 2013.

Sichuan Airlines is a new service for Sydney and New South Wales, which will provide two flights per week on its Airbus A330-200 aircraft and 50,000 seats annually.

New South Wales Minister for Citizenship and Communities, Mr Victor Dominello, welcomed the inaugural flight, saying this extra service on a key route would offer great benefits for passengers from Western China to get to Australia’s most popular tourism destination, Sydney.

“This is another vote of confidence in Sydney as the tourist destination of choice for Chinese visitors,” Mr Dominello said.

The new Sichuan Airlines service supports recent findings from the International Visitor Survey, for the year to September 2013, which shows China remain the top source market of visitors to Sydney and NSW.

NSW is Australia’s number one state for Chinese tourism, attracting 61.1 per cent of all Chinese tourists who visit the country. We also have strong cultural ties — there are over 156,000 Chinese-born people who call NSW home.

“China now ranks as the largest international contributor of visitor nights and expenditure in NSW. For the year ending September 2013, a 13.8 per cent increase saw 413,000 visitors to NSW from China, which contributed AUD 1.38 billion to the State’s economy,” Mr Dominello said.

New South Wales Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Mr George Souris, said the new Sichuan Airlines service linking Chengdu, Chongqing and Sydney will generate new tourism and business opportunities for NSW.

“Western China is one of the most exciting growth markets in China for NSW tourism and Sichuan Airlines’ decision to increase flights to Sydney will support this growth.

“Strong growth in Chinese visitors to NSW is proof the NSW Government’s China Tourism Strategy to increase visitor numbers from China is working. The strategy has been funded by the NSW Government to the tune of AUD 15 million over the next four years,” Mr Souris said.

Photo caption: Dignitaries from Sichuan Airlines joined CEO of Destination New South Wales Sandra Chipchase, CEO of Sydney Airport Kerrie Mather, and NSW Minister Victor Dominello, for the airline’s inaugural Chengdu-Chongqing-Sydney flight, a new route which will provide visitors from Western China with direct access to New South Wales and Sydney.

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