Qantas' direct flights between Sydney and Santiago launched yesterday will provide a critical tourism gateway between South America and Australia, according to Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy.
Mr McEvoy said looking at the strong visitor numbers from the region to Australia he is pleased Qantas is maintaining a strong and growing presence in South America.
“It will undoubtedly help the fast-growing trade, tourism and cultural ties between the Asia-Pacific and South American markets,” Mr McEvoy said.
“The new service will certainly compliment the other indirect capacity into Australia delivered through US-based carriers, including Virgin, Delta and United as well as Air New Zealand.”
Mr McEvoy revealed visitor numbers from South America are on the increase, with arrivals from Chile, Brazil and Argentina up around 9-10 percent last year.
Qantas Airlines Group Executives Rob Gurney said Santiago is one of South America’s most dynamic business centres and an excellent hub to the rest of the continent.
“There are strong ties between Australia and South America, with growing visitor numbers, mutual investment and an Australia-Chile free trade agreement in place.”
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P