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Gold Coast airport traffic up 20%

Passenger numbers at Gold Coast Airport continue to rise.
Passenger numbers at Gold Coast Airport continue to rise. Scott Powick

GOLD Coast Airport has reported a significant increase in the number of international travellers passing through Coolangatta.

Compared to August of last year, the airport reported an increase of 20.7% in international travellers and an 8% increase in the number of domestic fliers.

Queensland's property and tourism industry reporting organisation, Midwood, recently published its report for the March quarter and stated the increases followed an increase of inbound and outbound services provided by Singapore budget airline Scoot.

Scoot is now running five weekly services between Singapore and the Gold Coast which added about 16,884 international seats per month.

Midwood also reported the increase in traveller numbers followed the re-commencement of daily domestic services between the Gold Coast and Sydney and Melbourne by Tiger Airways.

Destination Tweed CEO Bill Tatchell said the numbers were a positive and encouraging.

It was too early to report a real difference but anecdotally there was evidence of a substantial increase in the number of Asian, especially Chinese, travellers to the Tweed.

Destination Tweed was working with its partners at the Airport and further afield to ensure inbound travellers didn't just turn left after landing but considered making a right turn instead.

The Tweed was an unknown with many Asian tour operators and although some absolutely loved the Tweed, the region had not yet established itself as capable of offering the level of comfort that the Gold Coast had established with Chinese travellers.

Mr Tatchel said if people who were on a Gold Coast Holiday spent just one day in the Tweed it was a win for the region and could produce results in three or four years.

The Tweed's core market still consisted of Europeans who were looking for an environmentally sustainable holiday experience.

However, the Tweed's tourism industry and planners were gearing themselves for a suitably sensible approach that focused on the Tweed's strength, its fabulous natural environment.



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