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Chinese travellers to Qld up 34 per cent

AAP logoAAP 17/12/2016

The number of Chinese tourists arriving in Queensland has climbed 34 per cent in the past 12 months and is expected to grow further next year, according to the state government.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says 485,000 Chinese travellers visited Queensland in the past year and a new service from China Eastern Airlines is expected to bring in an additional 18,000 in 2017.

The new four-times-a-week service between Brisbane and Shanghai made its inaugural flight on Saturday.

Ms Palaszczuk said plans for a second runway and a further expansion of the airport would help lift traveller numbers further.

"Every single day, this airport is focused on attracting even more flights to Queensland because what that means is more tourism jobs, not just in Brisbane but right up and down our coast," she told reporters.

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