Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    Federer quokka shot smashes WA tourism into global advantage

    11/01/2018 8:00 AM
    • More than half-a-billion people in 45 countries see Hopman Cup winner's quokka selfie
    • Tennis ace lobs Rottnest Island firmly into global tourism market, helping boost our local economy 

    World number two men's singles tennis player, and 2018 Mastercard Hopman Cup winner, Roger Federer's lovable quokka selfie has reached 581 million people in 45 countries through global online news.


    On the request of Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, the Swiss tennis star flew to Rottnest Island by helicopter on December 28, 2017, exploring Parakeet Bay, before heading inland to find a quokka to achieve his 'bucket list' goal of mingling with the marsupial.


    He posted a shot on his Instagram account with the message 'nice to meet you', and referenced his furry friend with the hashtags #newpal, #westernaustralia, #rottnestisland, and #happyquokka.


    The Instagram post has attracted 525,000 likes, 5,000 comments and was shared 2,500 times, reaching 5.3 million people across Facebook and Twitter. A personal Instagram record for the sporting superstar. 


    It also made headlines in newspapers and on news websites around the world, appearing in 239 publications in the United Kingdom, 53 in Switzerland, 45 in Colombia, 30 in the United States and 41 across Australia, with the post reported on in 13 different languages.


    The State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, has been a proud sponsor of the Hopman Cup since its inception in 1989.


    Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:


    "The 2018 Hopman Cup proved to be another huge success for Perth and Western Australia attracting a record attendance of 106,424 at Perth Arena and providing extraordinary exposure for Perth and Western Australia.


    "Having champion Roger Federer in town, and taking him to see some of the best tourism hotspots we have to offer, has paid off by showcasing our wonderful State to more than half a billion people around the world.


    "Judging the reaction to Roger's quokka selfie, we can expect a lot more visitors to WA and Rottnest in coming months and years, providing a much needed boost to local jobs and our local economy."


    Minister's office - 6552 5600