With two major airlines pulling services out of Adelaide, the Marshall Liberal Government must reverse its $23 million in cuts to tourism and invest in attracting visitors from other parts of the world.
China Southern Airlines has announced it is axing all direct services between Adelaide and China from now until June, citing the coronavirus outbreak. Cathay Pacific has also announced it is dropping two return flights to Hong Kong per week – a third of its Adelaide flights.
In light of this, the Marshall Liberal Government must now invest in promoting South Australia to areas unaffected by coronavirus, such as Europe, the United States, the UK and New Zealand.
The withdrawal of China Southern and Cathay Pacific services will mean a big hit to visitors from China and Hong Kong.
The former Labor Government secured direct flights from China Southern back in 2016, which is the only direct service between Adelaide and mainland China.
China Southern operated three flights a week between Adelaide and Guangzhou, increasing to five services during summer.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison
Losing these direct international flights to Adelaide will undoubtedly hurt our local tourism industry, which is already reeling from bushfires, coronavirus and Steven Marshall’s $23 million in cuts.
The top priority must be protecting South Australia from coronavirus, but the challenge now is to make up for the loss of visitors from China and Hong Kong elsewhere.
What is the Marshall Liberal Government doing to attract more visitors from other areas unaffected by coronavirus, such as Europe, the United States, the UK and New Zealand?