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Record visitor numbers at Melbourne Airport

Record visitor numbers at Melbourne Airport

23 November 2008

Melbourne continues to attract record numbers of visitors, with Melbourne Airport experiencing the highest ever number of passengers for a month despite the global economic conditions.

The figures were released on the first anniversary of Tiger Airways operations in Melbourne, which showed a record 2,191,175 passengers used Melbourne Airport during October.

Passenger numbers in Melbourne grew by 140,302 or 6.8 per cent while Sydney recorded growth of 0.8 per cent or 23,594. These figures included a 2.4 per cent increase in international passengers to Melbourne.

Tourism and Major Events Minister said Victoria was continuing to buck the downward national trend for tourism.

“These figures demonstrate the success of the Victorian Government’s major events strategy,” Mr Holding said.

“Melbourne hosted a range of major events during October including the Spring Racing Carnival, Melbourne Winter Masterpieces, Rugby League World Cup match between Australia and England, International Rules match and blockbuster musical WICKED.

“Melbourne is the major events capital of the world and our year round major events calendar is helping to attract visitors from interstate and overseas in these tough economic circumstances.

The previous best month at Melbourne Airport was March 2008 with 2,171,739 passengers. This is also a month of major events in Melbourne including the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix.

“Growing visitor numbers are a testament to the strength of the Victorian tourism industry which provides jobs for almost 180,000 people and contributes $15 billion to our economy each year.

“The state’s award winning Jigsaw campaign has also helped promote the diversity of each part of Victoria including our natural attractions, gourmet food and wine and our culture.

Mr Holding said Tiger Airway’s presence at Melbourne Airport over the past year was a factor in the continued strength of tourism in Victoria.

“We were delighted 12 months ago when Tiger Airways chose Melbourne for its Australian home,” he said.

“Tiger’s no-frill and low-cost approach to travel has struck a chord with the people of Melbourne and creates more choice for passengers.”

Mr Holding also welcomed Tiger Airways recent decision to have the company’s light and heavy maintenance performed at Melbourne Airport by John Holland Aviation Services.

“This ensures growth of highly skilled jobs in the Victorian aviation sector and is an encouraging development as we position Melbourne as an Asia Pacific maintenance hub,” he said.

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