Hong Kong Airlines’ has committed itself to the Queensland market by extending its new Gold Coast and Cairns service from seasonal to year-round.

The announcement comes less than a month after launching the new Hong Kong-Gold Coast-Cairns flights – it’s first services to the Sunshine State -, which the carrier firmly believes will enhance tourism and business relations between Asia and Australia.

The year-round extension will come into place from 27 March 2016 with the triangular service operating every Tuesday and Saturday.

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According to Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Kate Jones, the new year-round flights will bring some 13,000 extra travellers to the state every year and generate around $32 million in overnight visitor expenditure.

“China in particular is an important international tourism market and has the largest visitor expenditure for Queensland.”

Kate Jones, Minister for Tourism and Major Events

“Greater Chinese visitors, including those from Hong Kong and Taiwan, spent almost $1.2 billion in Queensland in the year to September 2015.”

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Mr. Li Dianchun, Chief Commercial Officer of Hong Kong Airlines, added that the airline has received an “overwhelming response” since launching last month.

“Hong Kong Airlines is honoured to have the full support of Tourism and Events Queensland in extending the flight service from Hong Kong to the Gold Coast and Cairns,” he said.

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