Qantas-Emirates partnership to benefit region

A PARTNERSHIP between Qantas and Emirates is set to boost local tourism as international bookings open for 32 Australian destinations including eight locations in NSW.

As part of establishing a joint network, Emirates has started selling airfares to Dubbo, Albury, Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Sydney, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga for visitors from the United Kingdom, Europe,

North Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East.

Qantas International chief executive officer Simon Hickey said because the partnership included tapping into Qantas domestic network,

Towns outside Australia's capital cities also stood to benefit from the tourism generated by the partnership.

"The partnership between Qantas and Emirates means that Emirates international customers are now able to buy airfares on the biggest network of Australian destinations," Mr Hickey said.

"Tourism is a huge economic driver for Australia, creating jobs and promoting investment and development.

Mr Hickey said travellers planning to go to Dubbo and other regional centres would also benefit from the partnership.

The Qantas-Emirates partnership remains subject to government and regulatory approval.

The partnership is scheduled to start on March 31.

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