AviationBy 2020, more than 200 million Chinese and Taiwanese will travel

China Airlines’ new flights expected to bring growth to Australia

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Taipei is the 14th largest market for Victoria
Taipei is the 14th largest market for Victoria Photo Credit: nickeverett/iStock

The travel industry in Australia, and particularly Melbourne, is heartened by the recent announcement by China Airlines to offer international flights into Melbourne, expecting the new flights to boost visitor arrivals quickly.

The travel industry in Australia, and particularly Melbourne, is heartened by the recent announcement by China Airlines to offer international flights into Melbourne, expecting the new flights to boost visitor arrivals quickly.

China Airlines will become the 26th airline to fly into Victoria, and will provide a tri-weekly service that will depart from Taipei and fly to Melbourne and Christchurch.

One grateful party is The Accommodation Association of Australia.

“We congratulate the Victorian Government on forging ahead with a policy to attract more international visitors; it is no coincidence that extra airline capacity has the strongest impact in increasing demand for accommodation,” said The Accommodation Association of Australia's CEO, Richard Munro.

Last year, Melbourne Airport welcomed 40,000 Taipei visitors, making the Taiwan capital the 14th largest market for Victoria.

“Taiwan is an emerging market, and along with China, represents a significant growth opportunity that will have a positive impact on our tourism industry. It is estimated that by 2020, more than 200 million Chinese and Taiwanese people will be travelling to destinations including Australia,” added Munro. “This will not only be a driver for existing properties but serve to encourage the development of new properties in Melbourne, facilitate the upgrade of our existing rooms stocks, and drive jobs growth in the sector as well.”

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