Potential after-dark flights for Queenstown will help the tourism industry achieve its goal of earning $41 billion a year by 2025, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.
Welcoming today’s announcement that aviation authorities have cleared the way for the introduction of evening flights, TIA Acting Chief Executive Chris McGeown says such flights have the potential to boost Queenstown’s tourism sector and the wider economy.
Growing sustainable air connectivity is identified in Tourism 2025 – Growing Value Together/Whakatipu Uara Ngatahi * as one of the critical factors underpinning the success of New Zealand’s $23.9 billion tourism industry. Growing the number of flights serving Queenstown will support the resort and respond to visitor demand, Mr McGeown says.
“Not only will after-dark flights create jobs at the airport, but they will also create opportunities for businesses across the region served by the airport,” he says.
“The tourism industry has set itself a goal of contributing $41 billion a year to New Zealand’s economy by 2025. Developments like this will offer significant progress towards achieving that goal.”
TIA worked with both the private sector and public sector to develop Tourism 2025, a growth framework that aims to unite the large and diverse tourism industry to achieve strong economic growth. Its aspirational goal is $41 billion in annual earnings in 2025. For more information go to www.tourism2025.org.nz.