“Malaysia is one of our key international tourism markets, and Malaysian travellers spent $137 million more in Australia in the year to September, totalling $1.4 billion, an increase of 11 per cent… The flight service will allow us to attract more visitors from Malaysia, to grow the crucial tourism sector, boosting the economy and driving local jobs.” – Steve Ciobo, Queensland Government, 9 January 2018.
“It’s great to see this service has been reinstated [referring to the return of Malaysia Airlines to Brisbane], as a key aviation priority for us for some time… Tourism Australia has provisionally committed funding as matched-marketing support for this route, under the Queensland Government’s Attracting Aviation Investment Fund.” – Steve Ciobo, Courier Mail, 8 January 2018.
“The Australian Government has made representations to the Indian Government explaining the impact on our producers and advocating for a period of transition to avoid disrupting already contracted trade or shipments in transit. … I will continue to raise the issue with my counterpart Minister Prabhu, whom I hope to meet with in January.” – Steve Ciobo, The Sidney Morning Herald, 29 December 2017.
“The number one priority right now is to conclude the Indonesia free trade agreement. … We know our trade and economic relationship with Indonesia is underweight given the relative significance of both Indonesia’s and Australia’s economies.” – Steve Ciobo, ABC, 29 December 2017.
“Removal or reduction of Chinese tariffs has strengthened our export numbers to our largest trading partner – Australia’s goods and services exports to China rose 25 percent in 2016-17 to a record 110 billion Australian dollars (84.3 billion U.S. dollars).” – Steven Ciobo, XinhuaNet, 20 December 2017.
“The record number of international visitors and Australians holidaying at home is great news for our tourism industry. It’s a 100 billion-dollar gift to our economy and all the small businesses that rely on a thriving tourism industry.” – Steven Ciobo, XinhuaNet, 20 December 2017.