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Hervey Bay Tourism given a boost with new Jetstar flights
New Jetstar flights scheduled to fly directly from Sydney to Queensland’s Hervey Bay three-times a week and commencing 26th May will coincide with Hervey Bay’s whale watching season.
Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said the Fraser Coast had built itself to be one of the most popular holiday destinations in Queensland, and the new air services would provide a significant boost to the region’s tourism industry.
Mayor Seymour notes “there are not many places in Australia where you can step off a plane after a 90 minute flight from Sydney to a reef, wilderness or whales' experience at your doorstep.
“While the drive market to the Fraser Coast has been strong, we need connections in the sky as well and these new direct flights to and from Sydney will help our region as we continue to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Member for Hervey Bay Adrian Tantari enthuses “to have a direct airlink with Australia’s biggest city is fantastic news for Hervey Bay tourism.
“Jetstar’s direct flights are perfectly timed with Hervey Bay’s whale watching season.
“We know how important direct flights are to getting visitors out of the big city and on the water looking for whales in just over two hours.
“For Sydneysiders who have never seen these magnificent creatures breach the water are in for an awe-inspiring experience and some relief from Sydney’s cooler weather.”
Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Jetstar flights had been secured by the Queensland Government’s $15 million Aviation Recovery Fund.
Minister Hinchliffe adds “while Sydneysiders tick whale watching from their 2021 Queensland bucket list, the new Jetstar route has potential to deliver an $8 million boost to the Hervey Bay economy.
“Hervey Bay’s famous whale highway is one of Queensland’s great tourism experiences.
“Jetstar’s arrival with initially three services per week will support 67 jobs for Hervey Bay’s economic recovery.
Jetstar Group Chief Executive, Gareth Evans said the airline is exciting about the expansion of its domestic network to promote more travel in Australia, as Hervey Bay marks the 20th destination for Jetstar.
“Domestic travel demand continues to be strong and we’re constantly reviewing our network to add flights where there is demand, including to new and exciting leisure destinations like Hervey Bay.
“With international borders closed, we know more and more people are planning to explore new places around Australia this year and we expect our flights to Hervey Bay to be a popular option for travellers.”
Mayor Seymour highlighted that the Fraser Coast Regional Council had worked hard with the Queensland Government and Jetstar to secure the new flights and was providing incentives through fee relaxations for a period of time.
The Queensland Government’s Aviation Recovery Fund has so far supported 23 services, estimated to generate more than $76.2 million in overnight visitor spending for regional Queensland economies and support 615 jobs.
Image courtesy of queensland.com/
19th September 2017 - Queensland Government approves swimming with whales venture in Hervey Bay
27th May 2015 - New artificial reefs begin deployment off Hervey Bay
21st February 2021 - Far North Queensland loses $2.2 billion of visitor spending
1st February 2021 - Queensland tourism industry anticipates Easter boost from Sydney visitors
15th January 2021 - Queensland Government announces $200,000 in new funding for cultural tourism
7th December 2020 - Queensland Government launches new campaign to attract tourism workers
28th November 2020 - Three Sunshine Coast attractions receive funding from Queensland Government
27th November 2020 - Village Roadshow leads Queensland tourism operators in advertising summer positions
28th June 2019 - First Aboriginal-owned whale watching tours launched in Queensland
21st May 2019 - Sea World Cruises launch new whale watching vessel
23rd November 2015 - More whale watching opportunities for Moreton Bay
9th June 2015 - Whales commence seasonal migration along East Coast of Australia
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