The Victoria Tourism Industry Council applauds Melbourne Airport’s achievement of 11 per cent international growth in January, compared to last year, to reach a record monthly total of 755,017 international passengers.
VTIC Chief Executive Dianne Smith noted the record-breaking numbers, driven by arrivals for the Australian Open and Chinese New Year, highlighted the importance of both sporting and cultural events to the state’s tourism industry. In particular, increased arrivals from Hong Kong and China, as well as Singapore and Malaysia, underline the significant growth potential of these Asian markets.
“VTIC congratulates Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff and his team on yet another record breaking month,” says Ms Smith.
“Melbourne Airport, with its curfew-free status, is essential to the success of tourism and events in Victoria.”
Ms Smith also noted the two per cent growth in domestic arrivals in January, compared with the previous year.
“Interstate travel is so important and particularly with the AFL season about to start, we look forward to hosting even more visitors from across the country as they travel in support of their teams,” says Ms Smith.