I will visit Beijing and Shanghai this week to advance the Australia China trade relationship and to launch the China Australia Year of Tourism.

A delegation of chief executives from the Australian tourism sector will join me. We will meet with senior Chinese business executives and government representatives to build on our already strong tourism links and discuss opportunities for greater two-way investment.

The delegation, including the chief executives of seven Australian airports, will explore opportunities arising from the landmark open aviation market air services agreement the Turnbull Government secured in December 2016.

The arrangement removes all capacity restrictions between Australia and China for airlines of both countries and allows airlines of Australia and China to offer unlimited flights to and from any points in Australia and China, including international airports in regional Australia. This is the first time China has signed such an agreement with any country.

Capitalising on this historic agreement will drive more Chinese tourists to Australia. The more tourists we can get to Australia, the more jobs will be created.

China is Australia’s most valuable tourism export market, with the potential to be worth more than $13 billion by 2020.

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