- Tourism WA promoting State in Japan ahead of inaugural ANA direct flight to Perth
- Local multi-storey Japanese travel agent transformed into 'Pop up Quokka shop'
- 90 Japanese journalists treated to a taste of WA at Australian embassy
- First direct flight leaves Tokyo tomorrow on September 1
- New service to attract more visitors to WA, create more jobs and boost the economy
Western Australia's iconic quokka is popping up all over Tokyo as the McGowan Government promotes the State ahead of the new All Nippon Airways (ANA) direct route from Tokyo to Perth, with the inaugural flight departing tomorrow on September 1.
In Tokyo, Tourism Minister Paul Papalia has taken part in various media activities and attended meetings with ANA executives and travel industry operators to create awareness of the new flights and promote WA as an appealing tourism destination for Japanese tourists.
Some of the activity has included inspecting a Perth-themed ANA booth at Haneda Airport, followed by a train trip to Shinagawa Station to view giant advertising billboards featuring WA imagery.
The Minister hosted a special lunch for 90 Japanese media at the Australian Embassy, alongside Australian Ambassador to Japan, the Hon. Richard Court AC. The local media were treated to a taste of Western Australia enjoying local wines and produce, while hearing about the flights and WA's key tourism attractions and experiences.
Local multi-storey travel agent HIS travel in the centre of Shinjuku has also been transformed into a 'Pop up Quokka' shop where the Minister handed out toy quokkas to customers and encouraged them to fly direct to Perth for their next holiday.
Mr Papalia will be among the inaugural flight's first passengers departing for Perth tomorrow, along with Ambassador Court, and will welcomed by Premier Mark McGowan and ANA senior representatives as they land.
The Matagarup Bridge and Optus Stadium will be lit blue tomorrow to welcome the first ANA direct service landing in Perth.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"We said we would secure this direct service and realising this commitment means a boost to WA tourism to create more jobs and grow our local economy.
"This new service will be the first direct flight from Tokyo to Perth since 2011 so bringing it back to WA will be a drawcard for visitors and Western Australians alike.
"This flight has been fully-booked which is a big win for Western Australia. As part of my Government's commitment to boost tourism in our State we want to fill our planes, hotels, restaurants and cafes, and get people visiting Western Australia to help stimulate the economy and create jobs.
"I'm looking forward to joining ANA representatives tomorrow evening for this momentous occasion as the first flight touches down in Perth."
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
"There is so much excitement around ANA's new direct flights from Tokyo to Perth and to be here to help celebrate the lead-up to this inaugural flight has been an amazing experience.
"It's been wonderful to help spread the word about our great State and all it has to offer potential Japanese tourists, and the feedback has been fantastic.
"Having the opportunity to meet again with ANA executives, to solidify the good working relationship and partnership we've built, has also been important part of the journey.
"I look forward to being part of history tomorrow as the first flight departs Tokyo for Perth, and can't wait to welcome the first Japanese passengers to Western Australia."
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