Australia’s mini-Miami has gained a fair bit of interest from tourism businsesses as of late, with one company announcing a new $50 million hotel, another opening a lavish new rooftop bar and one launching direct flights to Hobart.

Scoot Airlines is the latest travel business to turn its attention to the Gold Coast by announcing plans to increase capacity from the city to Singapore.

From this month, the low-cost carrier will fly on the Gold Coast-Singapore route five times weekly, increasing seat capacity by 19,000 per year, support up to 170 jobs and boost the local economy by $42.2 million.

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Additional flights are designed to meet growing visitor numbers to the beach city, which are being driven by interest in the destination as well as the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

“The existing service has been doing well and passenger numbers continue to grow.”

Jared Simcox, Scoot Country Manager Australia

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Queensland’s tourism representatives welcomed the announcement, saying that extra flights will allow the destination to grow and “better connect” with Singapore.

“We look forward to continuing to promote Queensland as a premier holiday destination in Singapore, while also opening up access from other key markets connecting through this important international hub including the UK, India and China.”

Kate Jones, Tourism Industry Development Minister

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