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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mantra Group Set For Increased Inbound Tourism Into South East Queensland

South East Queensland is basking not only in the warmth of the sun but also in the announcement of increased flight routes into the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, offering greater opportunity to tap into the inbound tourism dollar, according to Queensland's largest accommodation provider, Mantra Group - who operate the Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree hotel brands.

Air New Zealand announced this week they will start a twice-weekly direct service from Auckland to the Sunshine Coast in July not only opening up the destination to the Kiwi market but further afield with flight connections with the airline's US ports.

"The relationship with New Zealand travellers will now be even stronger with this increased flight capacity and to have a link to the all important US market for this region is an exciting prospect," said Mantra Group CEO, Bob East.

"With over 1000 rooms available in the Group's Mantra and BreakFree properties in Noosa, Mooloolaba, Caloundra and Alexandra Beach we are well placed to service the expected increase in visitors."

Likewise, the announcement earlier this month of Singapore Airlines subsidiary, Scoot Airlines direct flights from Singapore - the world's largest flight hub - into the Gold Coast means global connections are now in place.

"The greatest benefit from Scoot flights into the Gold Coast is the 150 ports that feed directly into Singapore - by securing Scoot the Gold Coast has opened access from all major source markets from the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the Americas.

"The tourism sector will obviously benefit hugely from this and our network of over 20 hotels on the Gold Coast will cater perfectly to this market - especially Peppers Broadbeach which provides a boutique apartment accommodation option unlike no other on the Gold Coast. Likewise, our Mantra properties provide some 1900 rooms to cater for the expected numbers."

Mantra Group is the largest accommodation provider in Queensland with over 50 Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree Hotels, Resorts and Apartments.

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