Queensland’s Bundaberg Ginger Beer and Dello Mano brownies were on the menu when the first direct Qantas flight from San Francisco to Brisbane left the USA earlier this month.

Staff from TIQ North America joined the uniquely Queensland send-off, organised by Tourism and Events Queensland, to celebrate the inaugural direct flight between the cities.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for North America Viki Forrest said direct flights were vital to growing Queensland’s tourism industry and consolidating business relationships.

‘The new route sends a great message that Queensland is open for business and it’s now just a single flight away from San Francisco,’ Ms Forrest said.

‘This closer connection will no doubt strengthen tourism and business ties between these two vibrant cities and their states.

‘It means representatives of North American companies looking to invest in Queensland can now spend less time in the air and more time on the ground doing business and establishing themselves in the Sunshine State.’

Ms Forrest said Bundaberg Ginger Beer and Dello Mano brownies were the perfect choice for the welcome event.

‘Bundaberg Brewed Drinks and Brisbane-based Dello Mano are two iconic Queensland companies enjoying great success in North America,’ she said.

‘After several years in the market, Bundaberg Ginger Beer is now one of the highest selling ginger beers in California.

‘Dello Mano began exporting its signature chocolate brownies to the USA through an Aussie-owned café in Brooklyn, New York, and they haven’t looked back.’

Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones said the new route would help attract more visitors from America and further boost one of Queensland’s largest international tourism markets.

The route is expected to provide an extra 73,632 inbound seats per annum and $67.1 million for the Queensland economy over the next three years.

Qantas’s partner American Airlines will cross-promote the route in a bid to increase visitor numbers in the wake of the heavily reported Australian bushfires.

The 11,367km flight takes 12 hours and 40 minutes, and will operate 3 days a week. The first flight left San Francisco on 9 February.

TIQ has worked with both Bundaberg Brewed Drinks and Dello Mano to support their expansion into overseas markets.

If you’re interested in exporting your Queensland product, or investing in a world-class Queensland project, connect with TIQ today.

Tourism is identified as one of Queensland’s major services exports in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.