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ROUTES ASIA Cebu


AOT gears up to host in 2020


All the winners at the Routes Asia Marketing Awards 2019


Routes Asia will return to Thailand when the northern city of Chiang Mai is the venue for the event in 2020. It will be hosted by Airports of Thailand (AOT), which owns the country’s six international airports and previously hosted Routes Asia in Pattaya in 2006. The event comes as Thailand


Brisbane accepts the top award


Brisbane in first place


Brisbane made a clean sweep of the Routes Asia 2019 Marketing Awards, winning every category entered as well as the top award. Brisbane Airport first impressed judges in the over 20 million passengers category before winning the overall award in the ceremony held at Cebu’s Radisson Blu Hotel. The airport saw passenger growth of 2.4% to a record 23.6 million, having committed billions of dollars of investment in the two-terminal airport, including a new runway due to open in 2020. It is home to 35 airlines flying to 85 domestic and international destinations. Brisbane Airport head of aviation business development airline and retail management Jim Parashos said: “We operate in a very competitive environment, not just in south-east Queensland, but the whole of Australia, so you have to continue to innovate and go above and beyond for your customers.”


Nor was that the only success


for last year’s Routes Asia host as the city’s economic development agency, Brisbane Marketing, scooped


24 ISSUE 2 ROUTES NEWS 2019 routesonline.com


the destination award. In 2018, Brisbane experienced record growth from international visitors with a 9.7% year-on-year increase in international visitors and 20.5% growth in overnight visitors, while judges were also impressed by the way the agency works with both the airport and its airlines. The other winners on the night


were Sihanouk International Airport in the under 4 million passengers category and Perth Airport in the 4 to 20 million passengers category. Langkawi International Airport


and Adelaide Airport were highly commended in each of the categories respectively, as was Fukuoka Airport in the over 20 million category.


ROUTES NEWS VOX POP


George Karamanos,


air services development expert, Hamad International Airport


“Routes Asia is the best place to find all the


airlines from Asia and understand their views about Hamad International Airport, which is in the process of developing its new air service strategy. This is a fact-finding mission.





ROUTES NEWS VOX POP


Trent Banfield, manager,


international operations and aviation development, Tourism Australia


have a record attendance of 17 partners, and while our main airports are doing well, it is a great opportunity for some of the smaller airports to come and get a share of the international market.


“It is about bringing markets together. We ”


seeks to become an aviation hub with a streamlined strategy and capacity expansion in both its airports and air traffic. AOT vice-president of business development and marketing Supak Phuqngrarapun said: “We believe that hosting this event will have a great impact not only for AOT, but on Thailand’s economy overall. “Air transport is one of the most powerful means of regional economic developments, and Routes events are where the world’s network planners meet to discuss future air services. “Hosting this event also gives us the chance to show delegates one of Thailand’s most frequented destinations, where


the natural beauty and our


good economy combine to make Chiang


Mai an important destination and international hub.”


The Philippines hands over to Routes Asia 2020 host Chiang Mai


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