WA tourism executives prioritizing direct Perth-Tokyo flights

Published on : Thursday, October 26, 2017

indexIt has been observed that direct flight services between Perth and Tokyo has the possibility to generate a $300 million boost to the tourism sector and welcome 70,000 additional Japanese visitors to WA each year. Paul Papalia Tourism minister, Australia, left for Japan last night along with chief executives from WA Tourism and Perth Airport to meet up with the officials of the Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways.

 

Their main target is to convince the airlines to launch direct flight routes from WA to Japan with a daily Boeing 787 service.

 

To quote Mr Papalia, “I believe we can double the number of visitors from Japan to 140,000 annually with direct flights.”

 

Based on the average spend figures of Tourism Australia, an extra 70,000 visitors from Japan has the chance to attract $297 million revenue annually.

 

Overseas experience shows that direct flight routes can double or even triple traffic on a route.

 

“We have a great story with natural attractions and more affordable hotel accommodation on the back of the traditional business connection,” he said.

 

Mr Papalia mentioned that there was outbound market of Western Australians visiting Japan as well, along with those who are keen to utilize Tokyo as a focal point for connections to the US.

 

The delegation will be helped in Tokyo by the ambassador of Australia and former WA premier Richard Court.

 

The Japan push is actually the McGowan Government’s aim to boost tourism.

 

“It is essential that we visit Japan and China and reinforce our commitment to tourism and direct flights,” Mr Papalia said.

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