Spring 2019 Update

Southeast Asia is a growing source market for visitors to Victoria with growth averaging 39 per cent since 2014. This increasing demand from Southeast Asia reflects deeper commercial, education and people-to-people links.

Recent successes include:

  • Citilink Indonesia has announced it will commence flights from Bali to Melbourne’s Avalon Airport in late-January 2020. This is Avalon Airport’s second international direct flight service after Air Asia X commenced a route to Kuala Lumpur.
  • Vietnamese airline, Vietjet plans to launch direct flight services from Avalon to Ho Chi Minh City in late 2020.

Regional Victoria showcases its premium products

In February, Southeast Asian food buyers will visit Regional Victoria as part of an inaugural inbound mission to showcase Victoria’s horticulture products. Buyers from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brunei and Singapore will visit significant Victorian exporters of stone fruit, table grapes and citrus in Mallee, Loddon and Goulburn Valley regions.

Victoria is Australia’s leading exporter of horticulture products, with $345 million in exports to Southeast Asia in FY 2018-19.

Victoria welcomes West Java Governor

Mr Ridwan Kamil, The Governor of Indonesia’s most populous Province – West Java, will visit Victoria in February, his first official visit. This reciprocates the visit by the Governor of Victoria in October 2019 and signifies the importance of this relationship. The Victorian Government has a Provincial Government Director, based in Bandung, the capital of West Java.

The Province of West Java has a population of 45 Million and is Indonesia’s 2nd most important economic region, with significant opportunities for Victorian companies in food and fibre, vocational education, infrastructure services and cleantech.

Vietnam delegation to experience the 2020 Australian Grand Prix

Vietnam will take centre stage at the Australian Grand Prix in March with a significant delegation of Government, business and major events officials visiting Melbourne. This is a key component of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation’s partnership with the Vietnamese Grand Prix Corporation, which will stage the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix in Hanoi, in April 2020.

During the Australian Grand Prix, Global Victoria will stage a ‘Doing Business in Vietnam’ event with key Vietnamese business and Government officials, and Victorian businesses interested in the opportunities that a rapidly growing Vietnamese market presents.

For further information about the opportunities emerging in Southeast Asia, contact our specialist for the region, Chris Hunter – chris.hunter@global.vic.gov.au

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