Virgin Australia has stepped in to fill a void in funding for Tourism Australia‘s marketing campaigns, sealing a new deal with the peak tourism body after rival airline Qantas’ shock decision to cut off financial ties.

Virgin and Tourism Australia announced today that they were increasing their current partnership to $12 million over three years, with a focus on key inbound visitor markets to Australia – the US, UK, mainland Europe, Asia and New Zealand.

The two organisations had signed an $6 million agreement in May.

Photo Credit: A Virgin Australia Boeing 737 flies to New Zealand, one of Australia's key inbound visitor markets in the coming years. Noel Jones / Flickr.com