Tourism backs airport expansion


NORTHERN Rivers Tourism has embraced the opening of a new expanded terminal at the Gold Coast Airport.

The tourism body’s CEO, Russell Mills, said the facilities at Coolangatta made the Northern Rivers a stand-out holiday destination.

“This is the only country region in NSW with an international terminal on its doorstep,” he said.

“Many people overseas and interstate don’t realise how close they are to the Northern Rivers via the Gold Coast Airport.”

Mr Mills said airport figures of a 55 per cent increase in international visitors and 10 per cent in domestic growth in the year to September 2009 showed clearly the growing popularity of the hub, to the great benefit of the Northern Rivers.

He said Northern Rivers Tourism had built a strong working relationship with the Gold Coast Airport and also worked closely with airlines to jointly promote the Gold Coast as a gateway to the Northern Rivers.

“For example, we are currently running a promotion with Air Asia X to attract more students to come and learn and play on the Northern Rivers,” he said.

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