Canberra is set to welcome international flights to and from the city, with yesterday’s announcement by Singapore Airlines that it will operate regularly scheduled flights linking the capital with Singapore and Wellington.
Canberra Convention Bureau welcomes the announcement, which will build the local visitor economy and attract more business and leisure travellers, conferences and meetings to the region.
“A number of high calibre conferences organised from Australia that have regional and international members have previously indicated that direct flights from Asia and New Zealand are a must for them to consider Canberra” Canberra Convention Bureau CEO Michael Matthews said. “Direct air access changes the state of play for meeting in Canberra and opens the doors for many conferences and incentive groups that previously found the added connections and associated costs in time and money prohibitive.”
“The positive economic benefits that business events bring to the ACT region is well established” Mr Matthews said. “Direct international flights to Canberra offers a great opportunity to foster new relationships between Canberra’s innovation and knowledge industries, and the international meetings sector.
Direct international flights will also boost delegate attendance from fast growing Asia for business events already locked in to Canberra’s calendar, according to Association of Australian Convention Bureaux CEO, Andrew Hiebl. “Australia’s convention bureaux are significant to the growth and competitiveness of the business events sector through their marketing campaigns and bidding strategies – and therefore the achievement of Tourism 2020. This new service by Singapore Airlines provides Canberra Convention Bureau with more ammunition to win international bids”, Mr Hiebl said.
Dubbed the Capital Express service, the new international schedule will commence in September, with four direct flights a week each to Singapore and Wellington.