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Free Flights to Australia?

Mike Hawkins | Thursday, March 12th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

It’s no joke but according to The Age, international tourists could be offered free flights to Australia under an innovative marketing plan.

Independent Tourism Holdings are presenting the idea called the “Mayday Project” to the federal government this week.

Under the scheme visitors who take up the offer will be required to spend a specified amount of money while in Australia in return for the free flights. Airlines who have suffered a massive fall in customer numbers will be encouraged to offer the government cheap tickets to fulfil the promotion.

Free flights for tourists to Australia. Will it be too good to be true?

Free flights for tourists to Australia. Will it be too good to be true?

The number of international holiday makers coming into Australia dropped 6.5% during 2008. Glenn Millen who devised the promotion idea stated “We can really limit the impact of the recessionary slide on tourism through this.”

“We can try and hold the numbers that we were at and that would be a really good scenario or, if there is a Santa Claus, we might increase the numbers against the trend.”

Tourism Queensland’s “Best Job In The World” generated some $70 million in free publicity, perhaps this could have a similar effect.

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9 Responses to “Free Flights to Australia?”

Comment by Emer Ewing — March 17, 2009 @ 9:31 pm

My husband and I would be very keen to avail of free flights to Australia from June onwards. We would definitely spend more than $5,000 AUZ each! Please tell us more.

Comment by Mike Hawkins — March 17, 2009 @ 9:45 pm

Well we will keep an eye on this Emer and report back when we have some news. Why don’t you sign up to the site http://community.embraceaustralia.com

Comment by lorraine — March 22, 2009 @ 8:02 pm

We are thinking of coming to australia this year, how would the offer work if we are going to Hongkong/america/nz and oz, I am looking at flying to sydney, adelaide, cairns, alice springs & ayres rock going to about 4 places in oz and I will be spending more that £2500. Also do you have a rough indication when this offer will be available?

Comment by admin — March 22, 2009 @ 8:51 pm

In answer to your question…

All we know is that the idea has been presented to the Australian government… Whether or not they like the idea and will implement remains to be seen!

Being on the pessimistic side, I’m not sure if it will go forward, but we’ll certainly be hot on the heels of finding out if anything becomes of it.

Comment by Anna — April 14, 2009 @ 8:33 pm

Hello. We are planning on flying to Australia from Italy before the end of the year. Please keep us posted– we’re interested!!

Comment by panos patrianakos — June 22, 2009 @ 6:18 pm

We are planning on flying to Australia from greece all the family before the end of the year. We would definitely spend more than $5,000 AUZ each! Please tell us more.

Comment by John McCarthy — November 14, 2009 @ 6:09 pm

I am trying to go to Australia in Jan. if you have a free flight please send me more info. thank you

Comment by Abdul Halim — August 23, 2011 @ 9:21 am

Please keep me inform….I am interested. My last visit to Australia was on 2000 to Melbourne.

Comment by Tom Lawlor — January 8, 2012 @ 8:58 am

Hiya I’m flying into Sydney in May. I plan to stay for two years by extending my one year working holiday visa for another year.

Im travelling on a very tight budget, so a free flight would be welcomed with open arms. Thanks for you time,

Tom Lawlor.

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