Direct flights to Tokyo are returning to the west. All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) new nonstop service between Perth and Tokyo touches down in the WA city on 1 September.
Fully booked, with 184 passengers, the inaugural ANA flight marks the first direct operation between the cities since 2011.
While the new service represents a great opportunity for Western Australians to travel to one of Asia’s, and the world’s hottest destinations, it’s also a boon for WA tourism.
With multiple media platforms in Japan promoting the flights through a Tourism WA, Tourism Australia and ANA advertising campaign, trade familiarisations and training will also raise awareness of the service and WA as a vacation spot.
Speaking at the Japan Business Forum, which was held in Perth Thursday, WA Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said “"ANA showed their willingness to work with us to grow WA tourism ... which we are confident will be a win-win arrangement”.
"The direct flights will make Perth's modern accommodation and dining options, our stunning coastline and unique flora and fauna, much more accessible to this important market.”
The WA government says the new flights will bring around 76,000 new visitors to Perth annually and generate an extra $175.5 million for the state’s economy.
Underlining the importance of the new route for the carrier, ANA managing director Ryo Sadayuki also spoke at the event.
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