New flights mean boost for tourism

WITH 300,000 more seats on Jetstar flights into Cairns Airport in the next 2½ years, top recruitment boss Matthew Tukaki says regional centres like Rockhampton will see a tourism boost.

Mr Tukaki, the chief executive of Drake International, said with an increase in international flights, the local tourism market in regional centres would pick up.

“An increase in the number of inbound passengers has a direct flow-on to local business such as retail, accommodation and hospitality,” Mr Tukaki said.

He said Rockhampton was one of the cities leading the way when it came to a strong economy.

“You can’t base a town on one industry. Rockhampton has diversified businesses and industries, which is why economy confidence is strong,” Mr Tukaki said.

He said he would like to see more capital pumped into promoting unique regional centres.

“We need to invest more in regional Australia,” he said.

Drake International is one of the world’s oldest and largest recruitment agencies with branches operating in 11 countries around the world.



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