The ACT Labor Party is promising more funding for tourism campaigns to attract international visitors to the national capital.
The Canberra Airport is expected to finish a multi-million dollar renovation at the site next year.
It has been negotiating to establish direct international flights with countries such as New Zealand.
The ALP has announced as part of the election campaign it will provide $1.8 million for specific marketing once the direct flights begin.
The Labor Tourism Minister Andrew Barr says the money would be spent over four years to encourage more tourists on the proposed direct flights.
"The work to date has focused on the New Zealand market with Auckland and Wellington, and also in Singapore," Mr Barr said.
"And so if we are successful in our partnership with Canberra Airport and the airlines in establishing these international flights then we would provide Canberra marketing in to those cities." "That's the commitment that we are giving." Mr Barr says the research shows that international tourists are a lucrative market, often staying longer and spending more while visiting.
"When the inevitable flights come and this will be a matter of time, we are ready with a marketing fund that will allow us to maximise an opportunity that a new airline route opens up for us," he said.