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Thursday, 06 December, 2018, 13 : 30 PM [IST]

Brisbane Airport hosts world’s first ever in-terminal cricket match for Indian travel trade

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) recently organised a cricket match between the travel agents of Australia and India. The match was played at Brisbane Airport’s (BNE) International Terminal, with former cricketers Brett Lee and Michael Kasprowicz as guest of honours at the world's first cricket match hosted inside an airport terminal. Brett Lee led the Australian team that comprised of Brisbane Airport Corporation management and Queensland attraction operators while Kasprowicz captained the Indian contingent. Batting first, the Indian travel agents made 78 runs in the stipulated 12 overs, and in reply the Australia side made 72 runs. The atmosphere inside the airport was electrifying and many passengers who were waiting for their flights keenly watched the match. The match was also streamed live on Brett Lee’s Facebook page with a reach of 3.3 Million globally and 32,000 live viewers.

 Speaking to TravelBiz Monitor, Andrew Brodie, General Manager, Airline & Retail Management, Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Limited, said that Brisbane Airport is very focused on India. “We have registered a very impressive growth as far as arrival of passengers from India is concerned. The growth in the last 12 months, especially, has been fantastic at around 20%. The momentum will continue with the daily flights by Singapore Airlines, and also Malaysian Airlines re-commencing its service to Brisbane. We are also working closely with the Indian carriers to bring a direct flight from India, but understand that it is a long process. We are hoping something positive will come out in the next 12-24 months.”

 Brodie said that a lot of investment has been made to improve the airport infrastructure. “The airport will soon have parallel runways, and once it is materialised there will be significant improvement of movement of flights per hour. We will go from 52 movements per hour to 110 per hour,” he said. He believes that the number of tourists from India to Queensland will increase further as Queensland has around 60% share of Australia’s total trade with India, including 13% of Indian students in Australia. “We are closely working with Tourism and Events Queensland to showcase the very best of our education facility,” he said.

 Talking about his recent visit to India, Brodie said that he had experienced peoples’ enthusiasm about the Indian cricket team’s visit to Australia. “Cricket can play a very important role to bring in more tourists from India. There is huge potential to showcase Brisbane’s new tourism developments to Indian tourists,” he said.



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