Western Tourism Australia Holds Seminar Jointly with Suppliers, Presenting Large Variety of Tourism Resources for Product Development
Western Tourism Australia (TWA) and Qantas Airways (QF) recently held a travel seminar and workshop in Tokyo in partnership with six local suppliers from Australia, attracting more than 60 travel agent people mainly from tour planning, group sales and educational travel sections. TWA extolled the allure of West Australia thanks to a large variety of travel products made available following Qantas Airwaysâ€™ new code-sharing flight with Japan Airlines (JL) and its launch of Perth/Exmouth route.
At the start of the seminar, Shigenori Shintani, Manger Sales Japan at Qantas Airways, mentioned the airlineâ€™s new code-sharing flight with JAL which started between Haneda and Singapore from February 21. He explained, â€œThe improved connectivity between Japan and Perth via Singapore and also the introduction of the new Perth/Exmouth route have made it possible to produce package products with a large variety of itineraries.â€ Rottnest Express, which provides ferry services to Rottnest Island out of Perth and Fremantle, extolled the allure of Rottnest Island and whale-watching which, it says, quite often attract educational travelers. Esplanade Hotel Fremantle mentioned a variety of dining experience, especially, dinner menu complemented with wild flowers grown within the hotel.
Australian Pinnacle Tours, a major tour operator, made a presentation on its services including type of vehicles in use, accommodation facilities and assistance in Japanese language. The tour operator introduced a lobster factory tour in Cervantes which is its new and exclusive tour program. Caversham Wildlife Park, which is featured also in Australian Pinnacle Tours programs, is one of the suppliers from Australia and told the seminar that it is willing to help the travel agencies to plan educational travels.
Coral Coast Visitor Center, another supplier, stressed the allure of Exmouth which is now easily reached by the new Perth/Exmouth flight introduced by Qantas Airways. Southwest Visitor Center also explained about various tourism resources available including rich experience in contact with dolphins and trekking in Bunbury besides wineries and wild flowers, adding that the 1.8 kilometer-long wooden Busselton Jetty has been renewed and reopened.
Hideki Yoshizawa, Trading Marketing Manager for Japan at Tourism West Australia (TWA), said, after the seminar, â€œThe wild flower campaign proves to be very popular.â€ The number of Japanese visitor arrivals in West Australia during the fiscal year 2010 is estimated to sharply increase by nearly 50 percent along with the track record of FY2007. With this vibrant growth serving as a spur to expand the yearly peak travel season from the existing period of July to August to a longer period of July to November, Tourism West Australia anticipates further boosting the number of Japanese travelers to West Australia, said Yoshizawa.
Source: Travel Vision
Travel Vision Inc. provides information on the travel industry in Japan via "Daily Travel Vision", a Japanese-language e-mail newsletter, and the "Travel Vision" website. There are nearly 110,000 people working in the Japanese travel industry, and Travel Vision is proud to be bringing travel news to more than 30,000 people through Daily Travel Vision.