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July 3, 2014 Headline News, Hotel News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59The first passengers travelling on Qantas’ new Sydney-Hamilton Island service are already in the Whitsundays.

The launch of the service yesterday coincides with the opening of a new luxury resort in the islands, One&Only Hayman Island.

Visitor spending in the region grew by 14% to AUD 706 million last year and Queensland’s Acting Minister for Tourism Tracy Davis says the Whitsundays’ future is looking even brighter thanks to the latest investments in its thriving tourism sector.

“Qantas’ decision to commence two return weekly services between Sydney and Hamilton Island will open the skies to more than 10,000 additional visitors a year,” Davis said.

“Both Qantas and resort operator One&Only clearly believe the future’s bright for tourism in Queensland and I certainly agree with them.

“The Queensland Government’s 20-year plan for tourism, Destination Success, outlines the need to deliver quality experiences that delight customers – and that’s exactly what’s happening today in the Whitsundays.

“We have a strong plan for a brighter future and we’re working hard to achieve our goal of doubling annual overnight visitor expenditure to AUD 30 billion by 2020.”

The refurbished Hayman Island is One&Only’s first resort in the Asia Pacific region. The island is owned by Mulpha Australia and managed by Kerzner International.

The Whitsundays is experiencing a tourism revival with visitor numbers increasing 7% to 687,000 last year.

Qantas Domestic chief executive Lyell Strambi said Qantas and Queensland shared a close relationship which yesterday’s arrival strengthened.

“Sydney is the gateway to Australia for millions of Qantas passengers every year. These passengers can now enjoy direct access to one of the country’s most iconic holiday destinations,” he said.

“Our new service also gives these customers a premium aviation product to complement Jetstar’s existing flights as part of our two-brand strategy.”

Kerzner International chief executive Alan Leibman said the organisation was excited to begin welcoming guests to One&Only Hayman Island.

“The combination of this incredible private island in the Great Barrier Reef, the significant investment of AUD 80 million made by our fantastic partners, Mulpha Australia and our own One&Only team dedicated to providing guests with amazing experiences through our unique brand of service, represents an exciting addition to the luxury Australian travel market,” Leibman said.

“We are confident that the new One&Only experience will bring more Australians and international guests alike to the Great Barrier Reef.”

Edited by : William Sykes

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