Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection

    New low-cost route to boost local tourism

    11/07/2008 12:00 AM

    Low-cost carrier Jetstar today announced a new Singapore-to-Perth service which will significantly increase the number of Asian tourists visiting Western Australia.


    Tourism Minister Sheila McHale welcomed the new service, starting in December this year, which will offer an exciting opportunity for tourism in the State.


    “In its short history, Jetstar has had tremendous success in boosting tourism by offering competitive fares and attracting visitors who had not travelled widely before,” Ms McHale said.


    “This additional service by Jetstar between Singapore and Perth will trigger even more growth in the Asian market as travelers take advantage of competitive prices.


    “Singapore is our second largest international market with more than 66,000 visitors in the past 12 months, spending a massive $221million in WA.


    “Asians love to travel, especially in short breaks, and the emergence of low-cost carriers and their extensive networks throughout Asia has introduced a whole new range of destinations and markets.”


    The Minister said tourism markets across the globe were experiencing challenges in aviation.


    “I congratulate Jetstar on its recognition of this important market by introducing a new service between Singapore and Perth during difficult times for the aviation industry,” Ms McHale said.


    “Air access is critical for WA’s tourism industry and this opportunity will help capitalise on a rapidly developing aviation segment.


    “Perth will now link with Jetstar’s extensive networks in the Asia-Pacific region, exposing WA to vital new Asian markets.”


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