The arrangement will feature joint marketing on traditional and digital media platforms as well as event and sponsorship activities.
Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew McEvoy said Emirates has demonstrated a strong and growing commitment to the Australian market since it first started flying to country in 1996 and has been one of its most committed marketing partners.
"Tourism Australia has worked with Emirates on local cooperative marketing activities across individual markets for some years now, and very successfully so, linking Australia’s visitor appeal with the airline's extensive schedule and internationally recognised and well respected brand," Mr McEvoy said.
“Both parties have agreed there is now a need for a more strategic, longer term agreement to more effectively market Australia to Emirates’ extensive global customer base, in particular throughout Europe where the airline is so well established,"
Mr McEvoy welcomed recently announced developments by Emirates which he believes will further improve inbound aviation access and capacity to Australia - pointing to Emirates’ proposed commercial tie up with Qantas and the further expansion of its Australian network through a new direct service to Adelaide from 1 November 2012 and increased flying to Perth from December 2012.
“Emirates has carried more than 16 million passengers to and from Australia since 1996 and today we enable travellers from more than 30 European locations to travel to Australia via one stop in Dubai, offering passengers from all corners of the continent the chance to enjoy the many and varied attractions down under,” continued Mr Parker.
Emirates currently operate 70 flights per week to Australia via its Dubai hub: 21 services to Sydney; 21 to Melbourne; 14 to Brisbane; and 14 to Perth. This is planned to grow to 84 weekly by early 2013.
The airline also continues to increase capacity by deploying larger aircraft on existing Australian services, including the introduction of daily A380 services to Melbourne increasing capacity on the route by 38 per cent.
Mr McEvoy said that the markets covered by the new MoU arrangement align strongly with Tourism Australia's 'balanced portfolio' approach and represent another important building block towards Australian tourism achieving its Tourism 2020 strategic goal of doubling annual overnight visitor expenditure to up to A$140 billion by the end of the decade.
He also said Tourism Australia was keen to leverage further benefits from the deal through working cooperatively with Australia's state tourism organisations.
“Under the new marketing partnership and in line with our continuing efforts to have our tourism industry speak with ‘one voice’ in the international marketing of our country, Tourism Australia will seek to work with those of our State and Territory partners who already have agreements in place with Emirates in markets covered by the new MoU,” Mr McEvoy said.
About Tourism Australia
Tourism Australia is responsible for promoting Australia world-wide as the world’s best destination for business and leisure. Through a wide range of activities Tourism Australia aims to raise awareness of Australia’s unique attributes which attract and entice visitors to experience our country. Our activities in 23 markets, including Australia, include advertising, public relations and media programs, trade shows and programs for the tourism industry, consumer promotions, online communications and research.
In November 2010 Tourism Australia unveiled a new strategic approach for Australian tourism – the 2020 Tourism Industry Potential - to improve the industry’s performance and competitiveness. The 2020 Tourism Industry Potential is a 10 year vision for the industry which aims to grow the overnight expenditure generated by tourism to as much as $140 billion by 2020.
To achieve the 2020 Potential, Tourism Australia operates in key markets around the world offering the greatest opportunities for tourism growth including Australia. This includes established markets such as the United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand, USA, Germany, Korea, and China; growth markets such as Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India; Thailand, and Gulf Countries.
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