Tourism Australia and Etihad Airways sign A$30 million deal
Tourism Australia and Etihad Airways have deepened their commercial partnership by signing a five-year, A$30 million marketing deal to promote Australia to leisure and business travellers in key overseas markets. The new MoU extends an existing three-year deal worth A$12 million which expires this year.
John O’Sullivan, managing director, Tourism Australia said the new deal highlighted Etihad Airways’ commitment to the Australian market. “We’re delighted to further strengthen our relationship with Etihad Airways. This is a landmark agreement which will provide valuable support for Tourism Australia’s global campaigns and marketing activities, as well as some of the industry’s most important trade and business events. Through their strong global footprint, particularly within Europe and their global partnerships, Etihad Airways is now one of Tourism Australia’s most important aviation partners, actively supporting some of our most important international campaigns and playing a critical role feeding traffic to Australia’s key international gateways.”
The primary focus of the deal will be promoting Australia to international leisure and business travellers within Europe– specifically rolling out new tourism campaigns in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy.
In addition, the agreement will cover targeted support for Tourism Australia’s trade and business events programme, including continued support for Dreamtime. The airline will also provide international tickets for media/trade and business events family programmes.
James Hogan, president and chief executive officer, Etihad Airways said, “The announcement of a further A$30M over five years to promote Australia overseas reinforces Etihad Airways’ commitment to the Australian market. It’s pleasing to see our continuing investment in Australian tourism attracting more and more visitors each year and delivering economic benefits to tourism operators Australia-wide.”