Tokyo connection a tourism boost for Western Australia

All Nippon Airways to fly Dreamliners on Tokyo-Perth route from September 2019

PERTH, Dec 26 — Western Australian’s struggling tourism industry has been given a big boost with the confirmation of a daily direct flight from Tokyo to Perth by Japan’s trendsetting seven-star airline, All Nippon Airways.

The WA state government made the announcement this morning at Perth Airport’s Terminal 1 where unsuspecting international travellers arrived to a Japanese drum performance celebrating the additional flights.

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the new flight route would grow already strong links between Perth and Japan while boosting the hospitality and tourism industries, paving the way for the creation of hundreds of local jobs.

Over three years it is estimated the Perth-Tokyo flights will attract about 76,000 Japanese visitors providing a AUD$175 million boost to the state’s economy. Consul for Japan, Mr Kenji Miyata said he hoped the direct flight would attract more Japanese people to enjoy the beauty and hospitality of WA.

Japan is WA’s ninth biggest market, in terms o visitors, with the state attracting 28,700 Japanese visitors in 2017-18. Those visitors spent AUD$60 million. To help promote the flight, the Federal Government has committed AUD$1 million to marketing through Tourism Australia.

Mr Papalia said it had been a priority of state and federal governments to secure the flight, with the intention of further adding direct routes between Perth, China and India in the future. “More than 60 per cent of the world’s population lives on our doorstep in Asia, and Perth is closer than Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney to 17 of Asia’s top 20 most populated cities,” he said.

ANA’s daily Tokyo Narita airport-Perth service will depart Tokyo at 11.10am and arrive in Perth at 8.15pm. The return flight departs at 9.45pm, arriving in Tokyo at 8.25am. The airline will operate a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner that has 184 seats comprising 32 business class flatbeds, 14 premium economy and 138 economy seats. – West Australian; WAtoday.

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