A dramatic increase in seat capacity, and continued strong demand from Chinese tourists, will see the annual number of Chinese visitors to Australia top one million in coming weeks (according to data from Tourism Research Australia).
By December, Xiamen Airlines will be one of six Chinese carriers with direct flights to Sydney, the multi award-winning Fujian based carrier will bring an estimated 36,000 visitors to Australia. That extra capacity will help push the annual Chinese visitor number beyond 1,000,000. For a country that once boasted it lived “off the sheep’s back”, Chinese Tourism is now worth more than two-and-a-half times the entire wool export industry.
Xiamen Airlines inaugural Sydney Flight (MF 807) landed at 09:55hrs this morning at Kingsford Smith Airport. The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (Registration B-2763) is a brand new aircraft having commenced service in September 2015.