Tourism minister aims for more tourists and planes to Sydney

Published on : Monday, October 23, 2017

Sydney_NSWNSW tourism minister hopes to ease the rules that govern the number of flights in and out of Sydney Airport so to have more flights into Sydney.



Adam Marshall said restricting the numbers to 80 planes per hour is “frankly ridiculous”. He also wants to take this control of the skies to his federal counterparts because “they run the airport and they have a vested interest in making sure tourism in NSW grows”.



He is strongly against the some of the regulations in the legislated restrictions of Sydney Airport and believes that it could potentially stifle the tourism growth. “The fact is, the way Sydney airport is currently regulated significantly inhibits our ability, and will increasingly in the future, inhibit our ability to grow the tourism sector.” In the light of a recent event, the airport was shut down for more than 45 minutes which delayed the flights around the country.



“Because of the restriction of 80 flights per hour, there was no capacity in the next hour to do more than that,” he said. Mr. Marshall wants to take it to the Commonwealth who run the airport and should have a vested interest in making sure that the tourism grows.



Despite tourists arriving in record numbers, Mr Marshall has assembled a high-flying group of businessmen and pollies to review tourism policy in a “no-holds barred approach”. With a growth of almost 10 per cent in visitor numbers taking the yearly total to 3.75 million international tourists, Sydney is major international gateway with nearly 60 per cent of all international tourists coming to Australia touches down here.



Mr. Marshall said there’s a strong role to play in promoting Western Sydney — particularly to the lucrative Chinese market, where only 5 per cent of visitors go outside of Sydney.


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